On 2 July, OCCRP issued this warning, referring to a case in Lithuania where the “CE” marks on the Chinese-made masks were fake, and the accompanying documents meaningless. The shipment had been exported by a company whose owner is wanted by the Chinese authorities, and the masks in the boxes had never been tested to European standards. It says that, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, countries across Europe have been inundated with fake, substandard, and unverified personal protective equipment (PPE). An investigation by OCCRP and 16 European media partners found scores of cases in which PPE was sold throughout Europe using documents that make it look like the goods meet the EU complex safety rules. In reality, the papers are legally worthless.
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