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B.C. RCMP issues warning after seizing 1,500 unauthorized COVID-19 tests


May 1, 2020
By The Canadian Press

RICHMOND, B.C. — Health Canada and the RCMP have seized more than 1,500 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits from a British Columbia resident.

Mounties say they were acting on a tip from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre that the test kits were being sold online by a Richmond, B.C., resident to unsuspecting B.C. citizens.

Police allege resident had acquired and sold the tests without authorization.

“Selling or advertising health products that make false or misleading claims to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure COVID-19 is illegal in Canada,” RCMP said in a release Thursday.

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Only diagnostic tests authorized by Health Canada can be imported or sold in the country, and police say the health agency is monitoring websites for false or misleading claims.

RCMP warned those who may have bought the tests to stop using them and consult a health care professional.

No charges have been laid.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2020.

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