Following the COVID-19 Pandemic and the need to have face masks as a preventive measure, a workshop in Istanbul has been found manufacturing counterfeit, unlicensed face masks for sale.
The workshop was raided by the Police officers in Turkey following a tip-off and over 1 million counterfeit masks were seized with an estimated value of $500,000.
According to the police, the workshop failed to adhere to appropriate manufacturing standards.
Five people have been detained as a result of the raid as the investigation gets underway.
Turkey’s government has said it must procure all masks made in the domestic market for use during the COVID-19 pandemic, warning of penalties if manufacturers don’t comply.