Racked has published an article on popular Korean cloth masks: in the past few months, beauty bloggers and ordinary users of social networks have indicated that the masks they bought smell strange or stained, and they found hair and other debris in the package that should not have gotten in any way. there during production.
Journalists found out that cosmetic companies that produce fabric masks use the work of employees at home - vacancies for packers of masks are posted on popular sites where students, young mothers and housewives are looking for part-time jobs. A video was posted on Twitter demonstrating how someone folds cloth masks by hand and puts them in packages without sealing. Apparently, in this form, they reach the factory, where the bags are packed by machine. A detailed post (in Korean) about the process is posted here.
An unnamed industry insider told Weekly DongA that the practice is common among manufacturers of the 15 most popular cloth masks in the Korean market, including Mediheal, SNP and Forencos. Racked reporters tried to get a comment from company representatives: Forencos said they did not use packers at home, and threatened to sue the publication if images of their products appeared in the material, Mediheal and SNP confirmed that some factories employ such workers. At the same time, SNP emphasized that their houses are inspected for compliance with sanitary standards (it is still not very clear how company representatives can guarantee their constant compliance).
This is not the first time that Korean cosmetics manufacturers have been accused of violating sanitary standards: in 2011, a blogger who worked at one of the large factories published a post, according to which it is clear that production conditions do not meet standards. In addition, manufacturers have been accused of unfair pay, with some jobs suggesting pay $ 3.21 to pack a batch of 1,200 masks.