Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th June 2023 Issue no. 1068
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ISSA & PPE Fraud Coalition pen letter to Congress calling for PPE fraud action
ISSA, in coordination with the PPE Fraud Coalition, has requested US congressional assistance to address personal protective equipment (PPE) fraud.
A joint letter from the two bodies describes how demand for PPE during the pandemic created opportunities for deceptive contracts between US businesses and foreign PPE suppliers that were either abandoned without fulfilment or which delivered counterfeit, substandard, or even soiled products.
The coalition addressed the letter to US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security for the hearing on "Stopping Covid-19 Fraud and Price Gouging" held on 1st February.
"PPE helps protect the general public and essential workers. The urgent demand for these products and travel restrictions forced businesses across the United States to modify their supplier vetting process, opening the door to fraudulent contracts," said ISSA director of government affairs John Nothdurft. "We need congressional action to prevent future fraudulent transactions and recover the more than $100 million lost or held up overseas."
The letter requests a congressional hearing investigating the impacts of PPE fraud, help to identify and prosecute criminals involved, and assistance with efforts to recover lost funds in Asia.
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Read the letter at:
3rd February 2022