Substandard medical gloves seized in raid in Pathum Thani
Substandard medical gloves, packaging and production equipment, worth some 500 million baht, were confiscated in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, after officials were notified of an alleged medical glove scam, which promised to manufacture large quantities of gloves for export. Their clients were required to pay 40-50 million Baht each in advance. Some of them, however, never received their shipments and some exported gloves failed quality checks in the destination country.
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration and the Crime Suppression Division stated that the factory’s staff were found packaging gloves at the time of the raid. The officials were able to confiscate 14,380 boxes of the “SKYMED” brand gloves, 20 boxes of other brands, 18 million gloves waiting to be packed, 68,000 empty branded boxes, 9,500 other cardboard boxes and related production equipment, all estimated to be worth about 500 million baht.
Officials said the allegedly illegal gloves manufacturer will be charged with violations of the Medical Equipment Act, for allegedly manufacturing without a license and allegedly producing and selling counterfeit medical equipment, which are subject to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to 1 million baht or both.