13th April 2021 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs last Thursday (8th) mobilised more than 100 people to search AbouThai’s 25 stores and warehouse and seized 14 types of 8,000 products suspected of not affixed with Chinese and English warning labels worth about HK$400,000 and arrested a 33-year-old male director. After the incident, the Customs was questioned for targeting “pro-democracy yellow shops” and selective enforcement. Thousands of pro-democracy have queued at AbouThai stores last weekend to show support.
The Hong Kong Customs responded yesterday that it received about 160 reports involving product safety labels from last Friday to 11th April, some of which were not regulated by relevant laws and could not be processed. It is following up on the remaining reports and arranging inspections and trial purchase. The Hong Kong Customs once again reiterated that law enforcement has always been implemented equally. There is no selective or double standard law enforcement and there is no so-called “suppression”.
From 2018 to 2020, the Customs conducted an average of about 1,700 inspections on consumer product safety each year. The Customs will continue to enforce the law strictly and strive to protect the rights and interests of consumers. The Customs pointed out that if citizens have suspected unsafe or illegal consumer goods information, they can call the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182, or report crimes through the dedicated email account ([email protected]).