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US Customs: China Flooded the USA with Counterfeit Covid Tests and Masks in 2020

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Epoch Times; According to the US Government CBP Trade and Travel report, 51% of the counterfeit or substandard Covid-19 test kits, masks and drugs seized by US Customs in FY2020 originated in China.

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic


CBP saw a decrease in trade volume in FY2020 as a result of the COVID-10 pandemic, with entry summary volume decreasing by 8 percent when compared to data from FY2019. The largest decreases occurred in the third quarter of the fiscal year, during the months of April through June, where entry summary volume decreased nearly 20 percent. In FY2020, CBP also seized a large number of counterfeit, unapproved or otherwise substandard COVID-19 related products that threatened the health and safety of American consumers. These seizures included 177,356 Food and Drug Administration-prohibited COVID-19 test kits in 378 incidents; 12,706,390 counterfeit face masks in 352 incidents, an 38,098 Food and Drug Administration prohibited chloroquine tablets in 221 incidents. Over half these seizures, 53 percent, occurred in the express consignment environment; 24 percent were discovered in incoming mail, and roughly 51 percent originated in China. CBP also collaborated with partner government agencies to expedite medical supplies and personal protective equipment through the customs clearance process, while working to identify and intercept fraudulent, unapproved or otherwise substandard material.

Read more: https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2021-Feb/CBP-FY2020-Trade-and-Travel-Report.pdf (page 8-9)

The Chinese Communists; First they lied about the severity of the disease and allowed it to spread, with their pointless coverups and obstructionism, then they followed up by apparently turning a blind eye while Chinese criminals profiteer off people’s fear and misery, by selling Americans fake Covid products.

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Tom Halla
February 6, 2021 10:09 am

Given it is sourced from the Epoch Times, which is controlled by Falun Gong, I would want to see a second source on this. They are quite opposed to the PRC, but that has lead them to embrace rather doubtful stories.

Reply to  Tom Halla
February 6, 2021 10:26 am

There is no place in the world for morality according to the CCP.

Major Meteor
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 6, 2021 11:26 am

So you are implying that this story is doubtful because of the source? ET provides a link where they got the information. If only CNN had the same story. Oh, that’s right. It goes against the the narrative that the Chinese aren’t bad folk, folks. Move along, nothing to see here.

Reply to  Major Meteor
February 6, 2021 2:27 pm

But did CNN have the same source for the story?
That is the question. His request for a second source is quite reasonable under any circumstance.

Charles Higley
Reply to  TRM
February 6, 2021 6:38 pm

If CNN had the story you know the opposite is probably more true.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  TRM
February 7, 2021 5:35 am

So you don’t trust an official US government website? The text is almost verbatim from the Customs document.

Big Al
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 6, 2021 11:34 am

Given source US Customs Service. Not MSM. I see two.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 6, 2021 2:29 pm

LOL. Okay the US gov or Epoch Times? Tough call there as to trustworthiness and not good in either case. Just saying … 🙂

Shanghai Dan
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 6, 2021 5:44 pm

You’re down at the bottom of the pyramid…

Reply to  Shanghai Dan
February 7, 2021 1:57 pm

That is so awesome. I love it. Never seen it before but it’s my new background screen art.

Charles Higley
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 6, 2021 6:37 pm

There are videos of masks being made in SE Asia or China with sewing machines stitching the masks in a series onto the floor and then they are picked up for packaging. Yeah, that’s sterile.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Charles Higley
February 6, 2021 8:36 pm

I imagine this same type of criminal activity is ongoing. Getting some shipments busted is just the cost of doing business. Now that Zhou Bai-den (I love that name!) is running the show, the Chicoms will have more opportunities to cheat and steal.

I see where Ford Motor Company is producing N95-quality face masks with a clear plastic front, where you can see the person’s face who is wearing it. Good idea.

It will probably be a while before they are available to the general public. Watch out for Chicom knockoffs. 🙂

Patrick healy
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 7, 2021 1:58 am

Why pray are any dog muzzles a good idea?
Any science you can quote?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Patrick healy
February 7, 2021 11:34 am

Yeah, I’ve quoted a lot of science on face masks here.

I have come to understand that some people just won’t accept things they don’t want to accept, so I have quit posting studies which claim masks are helpful.

As I said before, whatever stance one has on wearing face masks, you can find a study supporting your position. That’s where we are at today.

That being the case, people will just have to exercise some common sense in lieu of a definitive study.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Charles Higley
February 6, 2021 8:48 pm

How would cbp know?

Reply to  Tom Halla
February 6, 2021 11:33 pm

From the CBP Trade and Travel Report Fiscal Year 2020 February 2021 (link in the article):

 In FY2020, CBP also seized a large number of counterfeit, unapproved or otherwise substandard COVID-19 related products that threatened the health and safety of American consumers. These seizures included 177,356 Food and Drug Administration-prohibited COVID-19 test kits in 378 incidents; 12,709,390 counterfeit face masks in 352 incidents; and 38,098 Food and Drug Administrationprohibited chloroquine tablets in 221 incidents. Over half of these seizures, 53 percent, occurred in the express consignment environment; 24 percent were discovered in incoming mail, and 9 roughly 51 percent originated in China.

Reply to  Tom Halla
February 7, 2021 1:05 am

Yes: their reporting on covid has been very dodgy indeed…

(Off topic: they have a huge presence on the street in Cambridge UK during the tourist season, while thousands of Chinese tourists pour past… I often wonder what each side thinks at that point…)

Reply to  griff
February 8, 2021 11:02 am

Each side thinks you are full of crap.

Patrick healy
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 7, 2021 1:55 am

Were my eyes receiving me or did I read “prohibited chloroquine tablets”
Were these by any chance those banned substances which cured the Real Presidents’ Wuhan flu?

Coach Springer
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 7, 2021 6:04 am

Pretty much a direct quote from the trade and travel report. Look before you leap?

Xinnie the Pooh
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 7, 2021 5:39 pm

try reading the link luddite

Len Werner
February 6, 2021 10:21 am

If the virus is fake–what’s the issue with fake products to combat it? (See the interview that Dr. Thomas Cowan did with John Rappaport, would be interesting if he could be proven wrong.)


Some obvious questions have to be asked though–if a cheap mask can’t possibly stop passage of a 0.1 micron virus going around it in all the gaps produced by the way it’s worn, or through the 0.1 mm skin pores (1,000 times the size of the virus) it can’t possibly seal against–what’s a counterfeit mask? If Chloroquine works–why is it prohibited? If even the inventor of the PCR test says it’s not valid for this purpose, how can the test kits threaten lives of Americans? If people are not dying of Covid-19, but dying only ‘covid related’–what lives are threatened as long as ‘covid related’ is not defined?

Is this not just another article trying to praise the clothes on a naked emperor?

Jim G
Reply to  Len Werner
February 6, 2021 5:32 pm

Two friends of mine died from this so-called fake virus.

Len Werner
Reply to  Jim G
February 6, 2021 6:35 pm

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your friends. But if the ‘virus’ has not been isolated as required by the Pasteur Institute 1973 Consensus Agreement on the Characterization of a New Virus, and the method of identification is deeply flawed, and it has not been proven satisfying Koch’s Postulates that ‘this virus’ causes the disease or death for which it is blamed, how can it be claimed that they died of any specific virus? Obviously they died of, or with, something–but there is still much question of exactly what.

I’m not picking any argument, merely presenting what is reasonable scientific skepticism that springs from facts and data. It takes a leap of faith to bridge some serious gaps in this whole scenario between what has been agreed is correct procedure to know we are right, and the unquestioning acceptance of a specific virus.

My background is in evaluation of mineral deposits, where leaps of faith often end one in deep manure. I’ve watched people lose millions when their leap ended in empty space where there was no gold–after I had told them that that’s exactly what the data said.

Reply to  Len Werner
February 6, 2021 6:56 pm

They’ve been sequencing the dna of a virus they haven’t isolated, and have been doing it since last march?

Charles Higley
Reply to  MarkW
February 6, 2021 7:29 pm

First, it takes years to isolate, culture, purify, sequence, and show a virus to be the cause of a specific disease.

A research group claimed to have 37 base pairs of the “virus” and then used a coronavirus database to cobble up the other 30,000 bases. This means the virus was almost entirely fabricated. Then, they claimed to have the genetic sequence of the virus.

This is why there cannot be a vaccine against a specific virus if it is 99% the same as all other coronaviruses. In addition, some of the sequences are 98–100% identical to human genetic sequences, which means they are making vaccines against our own genetics. This will not end well.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  MarkW
February 6, 2021 8:58 pm

And making vaccines off the results. I have a little bit of that in me right now, and I’m happy about it.

Reply to  MarkW
February 7, 2021 4:11 am

yeah, and still cant work out the “other sources dna” to track its origins?
they can find a fragment…of dna in a sewage waste pond and state someones got covid in the town or suburb too
clever arent they? s/

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Len Werner
February 7, 2021 11:42 am

“But if the ‘virus’ has not been isolated”

Well, they are looking right at the Wuhan virus. I think they have distinguished it from others.

Here’s a pertinent article:


“Scientists at Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics have succeeded for the first time in imaging the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with a helium ion microscope. In contrast to the more conventional electron microscopy, the samples do not need a thin metal coating in helium ion microscopy. This allows interactions between the coronaviruses and their host cell to be observed particularly clearly. , ,

“‘Our images provide a direct view of the 3D surface of the coronavirus and the kidney cell – with a resolution in the range of a few nanometres,’ says Frese. This enabled the researchers to visualise interactions between the viruses and the kidney cell.Their study results indicate, for example, that helium ion microscopy can be used to observe whether individual coronaviruses are just lying on the cell or are bound to it.”

end excerpts

It looks to me like the virus has been isolated.

Charles Higley
Reply to  Jim G
February 6, 2021 7:24 pm

Many people, but not more than normal, died during the last flu season. It’s an annual thing. Just because they had a crappy test, designed to be nonspecific, that claimed a specific virus as the cause does not mean that that was the cause. The salad of viruses that comprise the flu season burden the sick, elderly, and infirm and some succumb to the physiological burden.

And there is nothing that requires that a person only have one virus at a time. The variable symptoms of the Covid-19 syndrome bespeaks various combinations of a number of viruses. The fact is that the Sars-Cov2 virus has NEVER been properly isolated, cultured, and shown to cause the disease they claim. No science at all that is definitive, as has been admitted by the CDC and a number of governments.

Some tried to claim that loss of sense of taste and smell was diagnostic, but for decades people have mentioned that they could not wait to recover from their cold or flu to get their taste and smell back. Suddenly, people got stupid and forgot all of that and believed, because some “authority” told them so, that a common flu season symptom was unique, novel, new. NOT.

Jim G.
Reply to  Charles Higley
February 6, 2021 10:59 pm

It seems to me that there are certain distinguishing symptoms of this particular flu virus.

First, it is associated with very high temperatures. Many flus do have temps but typically not in the 103 range. (It is fascinating how well our bodies regulate our temperatures in such a narrow range.)

Second is that it tends to thicken the blood. Very bad for comorbidities.

What is going around now is not your typical annual flu.

I am concerned about what it is doing to people psychologically.
Especially our youngsters.

On a sad note, a coworker shared that one of his neighbors was struggling mentally, believing we were all going to die. He was taken to the hospital, later discharged. Subsequently he took his life.

I tried searching for suicide rates but found minimal evidence. Some models suggested an increase between 1 and 145%.

I found this article in the wapo.
Rise in suicides prompted by pandemic is met with lack of U.S. action – The Washington Post

Xinnie the Pooh
Reply to  Jim G
February 7, 2021 6:01 pm


Charles Higley
Reply to  Len Werner
February 6, 2021 7:14 pm

If the virus is fake–what’s the issue with fake products to combat it?”

First off, devoting time and treasure to fake products against a fake think is just plain stupid and a scam in the real world. You are okay with that?

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is effective against a variety of organisms, one group being coronaviruses, which includes common cold rhinovirus, influenza, and Sars-Cov2 virus. The claim that Sars-Cov2 causes Covid-19 syndrome is what is fake, as it has not been established at all. The flu season is a salad of viruses every year and HCQ + zinc supplements could help greatly with all of these viruses. It is not a fake product. Do not jump to conclusions because you thought up what sounded like a snappy remark.

The point is that the pandemic has actually been the entire flu season rebranded as one virus, C-19. In fact, after April no one in the US died of or with influenza. And, given the crappy nonspecific PCR test, they found C-19 everywhere.

You are right, No masks of any kind being used, counterfeit or not are effective. A firefighter in Norway did a great video of various deodorants going right through masks. Water particles you can see are larger than what people think the masks should be stopping, virus particles in droplets.

 If Chloroquine works–why is it prohibited? “

Because one thing they do not want is a cheap fix. [The most expensive fix is a very expensive experimental mRNA vaccine that has not been responsibly tested.]

Faustus Fauci owns part of the remdemisvir patent, a failed cancer drug, and tried to raise the dead drug as a viral treatment. It is about 200 times more expensive than hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), which is dirt cheap. The first thing he did when HCQ was suggested was to denigrate it in every way, despite his having touted its efficacy against coronaviruses back in 2006 at NIH—he is a hypocrit and in it for the money.

Studies were quickly thrown together to denigrate HCQ further, one taking very ill patients and giving them HCQ doses that are known to be toxic (HCQ + zinc is an early onset treatment, which they knew) and another study used HCQ but neglected to also include zinc, which is the whole point of HCQ as an ionophore for zinc, an intracellular weapon against these viruses. That’s why it was prohibited.

The test kits do not threaten lives other than the Draconian policies then imposed on those who test positive and those around them, based on a crappy test.

No lives are threatened by Covid-19, except for the elderly and infirm who are susceptible to respiratory infections, particularly during the flu season but also all year round. The threat to life is bad treatments or lack of treatments. In the UK, people were sent home because they were not sick enough to be treated. With HCQ, they should have been treated outpatient and sent home to be get well. It’s the lockdowns, economic damage, isolation by masking and social distancing, and the state of fear the authorities seem to constantly stoke that is killing people.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Len Werner
February 6, 2021 8:50 pm

This kind of reminds me of “QAnon”.

I didn’t know what QAnon was until today. I watched a program that described the group and where they came from and what they are doing.

And mainly what they are doing is spreading all kinds of conspiracy theories. You name it, they got it. QAnon is a collection of conspiracy nuts. The supposed originators of QAnon claim they just did it as a joke to see how many people they could hook, and apparently every conspiracy theorist in the land has surfaced to air their particular conspiracy theory. It looks like mass delusion to me.

Now we get a conspiracy theory about the Wuhan virus on WUWT. Although this is not the first one, and won’t be the last, I’m sure.

But, as always, we need evidence to establish it is not just a conspiracy theory. I don’t see any evidence that the Wuhan doesn’t exist. I see a new disease decimating the population, in a new way, and it might be decimating a large percentage of those who got infected and recovered, for many years to come with the aftereffects of the infection. Flu doesn’t do that. Not to millions of people.

Pretending it doesn’t exist is like whistling past the graveyard.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 7, 2021 12:41 pm

, please take care with sentences like “I see a new disease decimating the population”, this sounds close to Greta who can “see” Co2.

But we all see the MSM crying wolf, again and again, together with a few experts. Any sceptics, discussion, questions, immediately blocked, denigrated.

I think a fair discussion and questioning some experts does not make a conspiration theory.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  lbeyeler
February 8, 2021 4:37 am

, please take care with sentences like “I see a new disease decimating the population”, this sounds close to Greta who can “see” Co2.”

You are welcome to your opinion.

I think someone who claims the Wuhan virus has not been identified is indulging in a conspiracy theory.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 9, 2021 12:50 pm

I think someone who claims the Wuhan virus has not been identified is indulging in a conspiracy theory.”

I hope you’re right. I know near nothing about genetic sequencing and the technology of the PCR test. I hope that all those experts in laboratories and hospitals would cry out loud if this test were based on fake data.

On the other hand, there’s this portuguese court rule that says PCR tests are unreliable: https://off-guardian.org/2020/11/20/portuguese-court-rules-pcr-tests-unreliable-quarantines-unlawful/

So what to believe?

Reply to  Len Werner
February 7, 2021 5:04 pm

Even if not isolated, the COVID-19 test should only result in positives to very similar viruses. A false positive for a person with a disease not related to Covid could cause a delay in treating the real condition, or worse yet lead them to being prescribed a treatment that makes their condition much worse.

February 6, 2021 10:31 am

“US Customs: China Flooded the USA with Counterfeit Covid Tests and Masks in 2020”, “…and roughly 51 percent originated in China.”
Our blessed new leader Biden will take this news and declare, “how long until we get that up to 100 percent?”

Reply to  RelPerm
February 6, 2021 10:36 am

Why not 110% or more?

February 6, 2021 10:32 am

What discount factor should we use for China car battery capacities?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 6, 2021 9:00 pm

Joe says we should give the Chicoms whatever they want.

February 6, 2021 10:39 am

Who knew that the labor union stonewalls with Dems decades ago would lead to the transfer of almost all mfg capacity to China and this “take what we send you” world. The next round will be EVs and most renewables.

February 6, 2021 10:50 am

criminals profiteer off people’s fear and misery, by selling Americans fake Covid products.”

Why not ?
American companies have been selling fake food products to Americans & around the world for years !

willing sellers to willing buyers trade that makes perfect capitalism.
Caveat emptor
= Let the buyer beware

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Reply to  saveenergy
February 6, 2021 6:58 pm

What are these so called fake food products that have your panties in such a twist?
Why so much hatred for capitalism? Not able to succeed on your own?

Steve Case
February 6, 2021 11:18 am

Exactly what is a counterfeit mask? I could wear one made from cheese cloth and it would be good enough for me to get into the liquor store.

Richard Page
Reply to  Steve Case
February 6, 2021 11:31 am

And why are genuine chloroquine tablets being labelled as ‘fake’ medicines?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 6, 2021 9:05 pm

Don’t be buying drugs online from unreliable sources. No telling what you will get. Stick with buying from your pharmacist.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 7, 2021 12:47 pm

And don’t take it without speaking with your doctor. It has some side effects, and it might interact negatively with your other medication.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  lbeyeler
February 8, 2021 4:38 am

Yes, more good advice. Always consult your doctor.

Big Al
Reply to  Steve Case
February 6, 2021 11:41 am

Mask Biden family earn no money .

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Big Al
February 6, 2021 8:59 pm

Drinking and typing do not mix.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Steve Case
February 6, 2021 12:41 pm

It begs the question what does the mask represent? Answer is different for different groups.

For US Democrat in political power: It means conditioning the public to accept mandates, no matter how ridiculous.

For Libs in general: They signal virtue.

For the true believers they work: The are a face Talisman to ward-off the evil COVID.

For store owners in Blue states: They are the only way to keep the State’s gestapo and bureaucratic vengeance machine off your back.

For me: junk science.

Reply to  Steve Case
February 6, 2021 12:47 pm

The box of 50 disposable surgical masks I bought had no under-wire in the nose section. They can not be form fitted by crimping narrower over the bridge of the nose for improved closure, or retention from sliding down.

Held up to the light the interior shows somewhat horizontal fibers sparsely arrayed inside. Seems that aside from the blue outer layer & white inner layer there is not much micron filter mesh inside.

Reply to  gringojay
February 8, 2021 2:21 pm

From what I’ve seen, few people crimp the wire and some wear it under the chin. A mask without a wire might be more “effective” than one with a wire where the wire simply holds the mask away from the face.

Jim G
Reply to  Steve Case
February 6, 2021 5:37 pm

Counterfeit goods often imply labeling as a legitimate manufacturer but materials are substituted.

Read about the SKF Bearing fiasco where packaging, labeling, laser engraving all looked legitimate, but inferior metals and heat treating were substituted.

e.g. » Fighting counterfeits (skf.com)

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Jim G
February 7, 2021 5:55 am

Counterfeit can also mean it’s the same materials at the same factory being used to make the same product on an unauthorized shift so there is no licensing fee. I once saw a documentary where they visited a factory making blue jeans that way. The factory sold half of it’s output without the designer company’s knowledge.

Peta of Newark
February 6, 2021 12:01 pm

Can I interest anyone in A Parrot?
It’s not dead. Honest.

That this train-wreck was seen coming from so far off, yet we actually raced headlong to meet it.
And now everybody’s surprised and shocked that the parrot is kaput

Enquiring Mind would like to know, is that Fake Shock or some other kind?
No matter, more research will sort it out

February 6, 2021 12:24 pm
Tom Abbott
Reply to  fred250
February 6, 2021 9:08 pm

I hear Australia is running a little cool this season. Is that correct?

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 7, 2021 1:09 am

Certainly not a normal Aussie summer

A few good warm days, but mostly cooler than usual..

UAH show January as -0.52 on new reference, which seems about right

Tom Abbott
Reply to  fred250
February 7, 2021 11:48 am

Things are cool all over. 🙂

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 7, 2021 4:19 am

yes and it was expected with la nina its quite a LOT cooler only a few 35+c days for most of the lower east and sth aus
nsw n qld have copped heat n no rains for a while but have and are now getting hefty rains at last;-))

Reply to  fred250
February 6, 2021 11:44 pm

Just wait until Gavin and co get their hands on the temps, it’ll be the hottest winter evahhhhh!

And Griff will pop up to remind us just how wonderful and efficient German wind power is, delivering 200% output at 1 cent per terawatt

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Redge
February 7, 2021 11:50 am

I think Germany is going to get a good test of their power infrastructure in the coming days.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 7, 2021 12:01 pm

yup, should be interesting

hopefully they’ll be no casualties

a happy little debunker
February 6, 2021 12:45 pm

then they followed up by apparently turning a blind eye while Chinese criminals profiteer off people’s fear and misery

I’m so old, I still remember how Italy donated PPE to help the CCP manage their Wuhan outbreak – but when China decided to ‘help out’ Italy – that exact same PPE was returned, with an accounts payable invoice.

February 6, 2021 1:15 pm

Substandard face masks are one thing, as there is little evidence that face masks serve any useful purpose anyway. I’m more concerned about the “prohibited” or “substandard” CV-19 test kits. Every positive CV-19 test result is touted as a “case” and is used to justify lockdowns and other restrictions. If the clunky test kits are giving more false positives, then the case count is very likely exaggerated. (On the other hand, if the counterfeit test kits are giving plenty of false negatives, then perhaps infected people are out and about, thinking they are OK.)

February 6, 2021 1:40 pm

It seem that China has NO quality control .We need to start reading the fine print, if it say’s made in China put it back on the shelf. All Companies around the world can not be trusted to self regulate.

Corporate self-regulation is failing
“The tragic crashes of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have, once again, reminded the public of the dangers of regulatory capture and industry “self-regulation.” While many were shocked to learn that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), our government’s primary airline safety regulator, essentially handed over its responsibility to certify that airplanes are safe to the manufacturers of those planes, the reality is that this model of industry self-regulation is the norm, not the exception”
Corporate self-regulation is failing | TheHill

“The 2008 Chinese milk scandal was a significant food safety incident in China. The scandal involved milk and infant formula along with other food materials and components being adulterated with melamine. The chemical was used to increase the nitrogen content of diluted milk, giving it the appearance of higher protein content in order to pass quality control testing. Of an estimated 300,000 victims,[1] 6 babies died from kidney stones and other kidney damage and an estimated 54,000 babies were hospitalized.”
2008 Chinese milk scandal – Wikipedia

China gets away with making crap products because the West came up with the idea first.

Some history.
“In the United States, automotive design reached a turning point in 1924 when the American national automobile market began reaching saturation. To maintain unit sales, General Motors head Alfred P. Sloan Jr. suggested annual model-year design changes to convince car owners that they needed to buy a new replacement each year, an idea borrowed from the bicycle industry, though the concept is often misattributed to Sloan.[9] Critics called his strategy “planned obsolescence”. Sloan preferred the term “dynamic obsolescence”
Planned obsolescence – Wikipedia

So why are we so surprised when a disposable mask is not up to standard, when the standard is set by the company.

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Reply to  jmorpuss
February 6, 2021 7:03 pm

In what passes for your mind, there is no difference between coming out with a new model each year, and producing deliberately defective products?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  jmorpuss
February 6, 2021 9:14 pm

“if it say’s made in China put it back on the shelf”

That’s what I do, if possible.

American companies should emphasize their “made in the USA” products in their advertising. I have made the choice between competing products on “made in the USA” alone, many times. Give me a chance to buy an American product over a non-American product and I will buy the American product every time.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
February 6, 2021 1:42 pm

Well why not? The CCP gulled the entire western world into believing that they had a serious disease problem, with people literally dropping dead in the street. Their fake videos of officials in HazMat suits welding citizens into their homes convinced our governments that we had to do the same. If we bought into those lies, obviously we would buy anything. But did people actually drop dead in western streets and where were the HazMat-clad officials enforcing lockdown?

February 6, 2021 1:46 pm

First they lied about the severity

actually they did something prior to that which is much more insidious.

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February 6, 2021 2:17 pm

Having last year provided over 10 guest posts on this topic as a semi-SME, a few observations here now.

China knew it was real bad in Wuhan by YE2019. That is why they silenced the early warning doctor who later died of it. They also locked down Wuhan
/China travel to prevent spread to rest of China. BUT they allowed Wuhan travel internationally to guarantee the rest of the world got hit—pure evil, tantamount to biological warfare no matter the virus origin, which is disputed and will never be provable. That is how northern Italy got hit so hard early.

It is utterly unsurprising that China then sent a lot of counterfeit PPE to the US, lead CBP example fake 3M N95 masks. 3M could not spool up fast here but Chinese counterfeiters could there.

What is really silly was the counterfeit surgical masks—lacking nose wires, lacking the middle layer. The reason is that even real ones, like cloth masks, do very little to protect against a virus that we now know is at least partly aerosolized. The evidence for that is in the first and second wave US seasonality. Was discussed in more scientific detail in my earlier posts.

Surgical masks are designed to prevent surgeons exhaling bacteria containing aspirate onto the surgical field. Bacteria are at least 10x this virus in size. And exhaling aspirate is NOT the same as inhaling aerosols, again by an order of magnitude.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 7, 2021 1:01 pm

But when I’m wearing a mask, and I’m sneezing, a lot of the droplets get caught by whatever fabric the mask is. So the virus spread is lower. And if you’re sneezing, and I’m wearing a mask, a few of the droplets will land on my mask instead of my skin or in my nose. Again, the virus load is reduced.
That’s why I believe masks help, a little.

Bill Parsons
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 7, 2021 10:08 pm


“…3M could not spool up fast here but Chinese counterfeiters could there.”

A good bit of the 3M manufacturing process is done in China because it is cheaper. I researched this months ago – maybe it’s changed by now – but even the polypropylene / teflon fibers for weaving the masks seem to have been primarily MIC. Raising the question: Why? We can complain that the Chinese are “flooding the market with crappy, cheap, counterfeit (x, y, z)”. But isn’t this a bit like complaining about the pusher down on the corner who is cutting his heroin with talcum powder? Our recent leader was onto something when he said we’ve offloaded too much of our businesses to other countries. It’s just that he and Azar, Fauci, Collins, Hahn and Redfield couldn’t coordinate a d*mned thing when it came to bringing these critical supplies to a nation in the midst of its worst health crisis in a century.

The U.S. really must examine what services and materials are essential to our national security and set up the machinery and supply chains to manufacture them. All by ourselves.

The same is true of our testing: not enough reagents? not enough swabs (because those rare, longish Q-tips, too, came from China)? Maybe we just need to wait a little longer for some of the vital industries to clear the hurdle of government regulation. Or maybe the Chinese will come clean and start importing them they way they should.

There are now at least three variants of the virus challenging the efficacy of the latest vaccines, and they are, according to UK analyses, likely to be faster spreading and perhaps more deadly. The new UK mutation has become the dominant strain there, replacing the 2019 version. Are these new strains circulating in my state in the U.S.? Who knows?

As recently as Jan 23, the U.S. has done a complete gene sequencing of only 0.3% of positive cases of the coronavirus.. We’re a country that tunes in weekly to watch a Harvard professor trace the lineage of select Hollywood actors and politicians – all so we can share in that public figure’s delight / chagrin upon finding an Askanzi Jew or Nigerian tribal chieftan in his or her ancestry. Gosh! Who would have thought?

We can do better than blaming the People’s Republic of China.

February 6, 2021 2:33 pm

Given the brazen bootlegging that been going on for 20+ years did you actually expect quality control? Their quality control choice consists of being jailed in their country if they defraud people vs no penalty for exporting defective items. Gee I wonder which they will choose?

February 6, 2021 2:44 pm

I don’t understand what this typical anti-China report has to do with WUWT.
90% of Chinese approve of their government. Match that!

Reply to  Graham Lyons
February 6, 2021 3:28 pm

Graham, three replies.

  1. China is the leading CO2 ‘offender’, building 2x the rest of the world combined coal capacity. Not that I think CO2 is an ‘offense’. China games the western system, a theme here.
  2. Provably, China misbehaved on Covid-19. See my above comment.
  3. China DOES steal IP, DOES counterfeit, and both are reprehensible.

They deserve the condemnation here, and it IS related to things climate, like rare earths for wind turbines and EV’s

Reply to  Graham Lyons
February 6, 2021 5:39 pm

Ignorance is strength

Reply to  Graham Lyons
February 6, 2021 7:07 pm

100% of Chinese would be jailed if they fail to approve of their government.
And you apparently approve of that.
Regardless, why do you object so strongly to having the failures of your favorite government brought to the fore?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Graham Lyons
February 6, 2021 9:19 pm

“90% of Chinese approve of their government”

How do you know? Did the Chicom government tell you so? Who would tell you different?

Reply to  Graham Lyons
February 6, 2021 11:16 pm

Typical Communist incompetence. They should have 97%!

Give ME a few thousand miles of concertina barbed wire, plenty of lumber for guard towers, and enough barracks for sadistic guards, and I could manage that.

Reply to  Graham Lyons
February 7, 2021 1:10 am

10% DON’T approve.

Man that’s one heck of a lot of people. 😉

February 6, 2021 4:05 pm

People do not understand the Chinese philosophy. It is not counterfeiting so much to supply a knockoff version of your product. It is more a compliment to your product such that anyone would take the time and effort to provide a knockoff. Sure, the quality or life expectancy of the knockoff might be less, but so is the price and that’s what drives market share. So it really isn’t immoral at all, it’s just business and you don’t have to buy.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Doonman
February 7, 2021 6:16 am

If it has the name and logo of the original product, it is fraud.

Bryan A
February 6, 2021 4:40 pm

China…Exporters of BAD diseases as well as BAD ways to protect from them

February 6, 2021 5:34 pm

Great, 51% of the bad ones were from China. What % of the good ones were from China? That 51% standalone stat is meaningless.

I don’t trust China any more than any other dictatorship, but meaningless statistics are meaningless.

Reply to  Felix
February 6, 2021 5:45 pm

Let me put it another way. Suppose 1 billion masks were made in 2020, 900 million from China. 100 were bad, 51 from China.
Or suppose 1 billion were made, 100 million from China, and 100 million were bad, 51 million from China.
Considerably different stories. 51% by itself is meaningless.

Reply to  Felix
February 6, 2021 7:10 pm

To put this another way, because I help little ladies to cross the street, it doesn’t matter that I’m also stealing candy from babies.

Reply to  MarkW
February 6, 2021 8:56 pm

Damn that’s useful.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Felix
February 7, 2021 6:18 am

If you read the article, you would have seen that there were numbers associated with the percentages. The original information comes from the US government so go complain to Creepy Uncle Joe.

Charles Higley
February 6, 2021 6:36 pm

 an 38,098 Food and Drug Administration prohibited chloroquine tablets in 221 incidents.”

There is the crime. Why was a useful treatment denied to the public? I would have gladly bought this lifesaving medicine and taken it with zinc, duh.

February 6, 2021 7:53 pm

These seizures included 177,356 Food and Drug Administration-prohibited COVID-19 test kits in 378 incidents; 12,706,390 counterfeit face masks in 352 incidents, an 38,098 Food and Drug Administration prohibited chloroquine tablets in 221 incidents.

All COVID-19 “test” kits should be prohibited, even the FDA approved ones, since they are essentially useless as diagnostic tools in the way they are most often used.

Same with masks — how exactly does one make something that is already NOT effective even more fakely effective?

And were the prohibited chloroquine tablets fake (made of sugar or some other substance), or were they just …… PROHIBITED by the FDA? — and this alone is supposed to vilify them? Chloroquine is already unfairly vilified, and I suppose an FDA prohibition makes them doubly vilified.

As far as rational analysis goes, this account seems like straw on top of a house of cards, ready to crumble anyway.

Sorry, but that’s honestly how it impresses me.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
February 7, 2021 1:10 pm

I’ve read that 1.5 million of Lupus patients in the US of A take Hydroxychloroquine daily. I wonder how they fare compared to the rest of the population. After almost a year of this theatre, such numbers should be available.

February 6, 2021 9:53 pm

this is just some ppl try to get rich and make fake stuff. for example cartel shipping tons drug to US, it doesn’t mean its approve by mexico govt. So i doubt the CCP is sending fake test, however certain ppl want to make quick bucks surely will sell fake stuff. Even here in US we have ppl selling counterfeit good.

Last edited 2 years ago by jhon
February 7, 2021 1:03 am

Let’s be ‘fair’ about this: most of the world’s counterfeit goods come from China…in every category, not just covid related supplies – and have done for some time. So a bit late to be outraged about that…

Coach Springer
February 7, 2021 6:12 am

Seized 38,000 chloroquine tablets prohibited by the FDA. But were they counterfeit?

Sounds like a few people may have been able to side-step the FDA and get protection – like everyone in India and Africa and most of Central and South America.

But yes, I remember the early days when practically the only masks we could get were Chinese. Odd, huh?

Tom Morrow
February 7, 2021 10:19 am

Considering how China bought Joey Biden through the deal brokered by Hunter Biden, there is no reason to expect this current administration to take any action against China bilking Americans.

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