1,500 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits seized by the RCMP, Health Canada

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RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – More than 1,500 illegal COVID-19 test kits were seized following an investigation by a B.C. RCMP Fraud Team and Health Canada.

They were sold online by a Richmond resident, who acquired them without permission, police said.

No charges have been laid.

The RCMP team responded to advice from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center regarding the test kits, which were seized by Health Canada inspectors.

Only diagnostic tests authorized by Health Canada can be imported or sold in the country, says an RCMP press release.

“Authorized COVID-19 tests provide accurate and reliable results, while unauthorized tests can lead to potential misdiagnosis. “

Selling or advertising health products that make false or misleading claims to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure COVID-19 is illegal in Canada, says the RCMP.

Health Canada monitors websites to detect false and misleading claims, working with online retailers to ensure that unauthorized products and claims are removed.

“Canadians who have purchased unauthorized health products should stop using them immediately and consult a health care professional if they have used one and have health problems,” says the RCMP.

The B.C. The RCMP Federal Financial Integrity Program for Serious and Organized Crime established the COVID-19 Fraud Intervention Team to combat scams during the pandemic.

“The types of scams can be endless and change daily, ranging from the unauthorized sale of unapproved medical devices to online phishing regarding COVID-19 false tests, communications from Revenue Canada and health authorities, grants such as the Canadian emergency benefit, and many more. . “



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