Health Canada is asking Canadians to beware of fake COVID-19 rapid test kits, after some were found in Ontario.
In a statement on Friday, the health agency said counterfeit Rapid Response test kits had been sold online.
The fake kits apparently come from a single manufacturer – “Health Advance Inc.” — whose name and number are stuck on the box. The online distributor selling them was “Healthful Plus”.
However, a genuine kit box is sealed with a transparent sticker with blue letters reading “QC APPROVED”.
The manufacturer appears to no longer manufacture the kits and the distributor’s website is no longer active, Health Canada said.
The entire shipment, which contained 435 boxes of 25-pack kits, was purchased by a purchaser for personal use and subsequently sent to Health Canada.
The health agency says it has no evidence to suggest any other counterfeit kits have been distributed in Canada.
Although similar to genuine test kits, these fake kits come in a green box, but the labeling is inaccurate, inconsistent, and lists a company that Health Canada says does not have the required license to import, distribute, or sell. medical devices in the country.
Nor has Health Canada tested the safety and effectiveness of the fake kits, it said in the notice. If a kit is suspected to be fake, people should not use it, dispose of it and report it to Health Canada, the agency said.