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Date: July 30, 2023     Updated: November 21, 2023

A shady Chinese BIO lab with hazardous pathogens busted in a south California warehouse on March 3, 2023. Finally, on 2023.10.19, Mr. 'Qiang He', aka Jia Bei Zhu, aka Jesse Zhu, aka David He, was arrested and charged.

California and federal authorities shut down an illegal medical lab in a warehouse in Reedley, southeast of Fresno. They found nearly a thousand genetically altered laboratory mice in a room, lots of unknown chemicals, refrigerators and freezers (some of which are not working), vials of unlabeled fluids and bio-hazardous materials, including blood, incubators, and many infectious agents, including SARS-CoV-2, HIV, MALARIA, RUBELLA and HERPES virus.

A local code enforcement officer noticed that a garden hose was illegally attached to the back of the building. That eventually led to a search and inspection of the warehouse on March 3, 2023.

The mice were kept in inhumane conditions. More than 175 were found dead, and the city euthanized 773 in April 2023. Substances collected from the lab were given to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing. The agency detected at least 20 potentially infectious agents.

All the biologic agents had been destroyed as of July 7, 2023. Although officials were still working on removing equipment from the warehouse, they maintained that there is "nothing hazardous at this point."

A criminal investigation is ongoing, but no charges were filed yet as of July 30, 2023.

The tenant of the warehouse is listed as Prestige Biotech, Inc (PBI) and the company's president is Xiuquin Yao. Based on his name, Xiuquin Yao is most likely ethnically related to China.

Summarize up the available information:

  1. Universal Meditech Inc (UMI) was launched as a biotech startup in 2019, like most other high-tech startups, without a lot of money. It focused on pathogens, COVID-19 and Pregnancy Test kits. They were operating in Fresno, California.

  2. In 2020, UMI put out a rapid test kit for COVID-19 without proper review or emergency authorization. Those were recalled due to FDA intervention.

  3. UMI went bankrupt, assets were acquired by the holding company and creditor PBI, a company registered in Nevada, which is one of the original investor and a creditor to UMI.

  4. UMI got evicted from their Fresno lab.

  5. PBI, the new owner, haphazardly moved everything into a nearby warehouse in Reedley. They moved all the biologic agents, genetically modified mice, and lab equipment there. PBI was identified as a renter of the warehouse. They were not the owner.

  6. PBI did not have any licensing or permit to operate a laboratory at the warehouse. They probably do not have the knowledge and skill to do so anyway. Although news articles included a picture of an unrelated, messy, functioning lab in their coverage to make it look like PBI was running a lab there.

  7. PBI was trying to salvage whatever was left from UMI. They probably intended to sell the operation to some other biotech company. The mice were likely one of the most valuable assets of the company. Those mice could cost close to a thousand dollar a piece dependent on age, sex and conditions. Those are obtainable from certain specialized supplier.

  8. Different from a self-storage unit, a warehouse must have toilet and water supply as people need to wash their hands from time to time. The owner obviously did not pay the water bill and the city cut off water supply a while back. When they rented the unit out, they needed to provide water to the tenant. Perhaps it will take a while to apply for water connection again, and PBI had to keep the mice alive.

  9. Probably, the owner drilled a hole in the wall and ran an illegal hose into the building to arrange temporary water supply from a neighboring unit. It is very doubtful that the renter will do that without the consent of the owner.

  10. The hose caught the attention of code enforcement and led to the search.

  11. California City officials spoke with Xiuquin Yao, the company president of PBI, through emails. A criminal investigation is ongoing, but no charges were filed yet as of July 30, 2023.

  12. One of the original news articles made it sound like the warehouse does not even have toilet and sewage, which does not make much sense. It also included a picture of an unrelated messy functioning lab, to make it look and sound like people were working inside in a very untidy, insanitary condition, dealing with dangerous bio-agents. Fed by all this misinformation, online communities were full of comments about the Chinese government running a clandestine biolab in the US with nefarious intentions. Everyone reading it raised the angry question of "Why would the government not file a charge against anyone yet".

There is more to it than meets the eye

According to RedState.com on August 6, 2023:

  1. The Reedley facility was leased by Prestige Biotech, Inc (PBI) and Universal Meditech, Inc. (UMI), a company that has operated in California since at least 2015. The recalled 56,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits in 2020 were not actually manufactured by UMI. They were just one of the distributors. Another one was SML Distribution LLC.

  2. UMI received a 3-year California Competes Tax Credit in 2019. A document released on March 24, 2019, indicated that a California Competes Tax Credit of $360,000 was allocated to UMI. UMI also received a $74,912 loan from the Paycheck Protection Program on April 27, 2020. The loan amount forgiven was $75,788. UMI received a second $74,912 loan from the Paycheck Protection Program on February 2, 2021. The loan amount forgiven was $75,630. For both applications, the company provided its address as 1320 E. Fortune Avenue, Fresno, California, a site that caught fire in August 2020.

  3. At least 7 corporations in Nevada, California, Colorado, and Canada are related to the owners and officers of UMI and PBI. Out of this myriad web of corporations, there was a Mr. 'Qiang He', who was listed as a Member of Advance Meditech LLC, had shown an address in Chengde, Hebei, China. Advance Meditech LLC was incorporated on 5 April 2013 and the dissolution date was 1 July 2019.

    Records showed that Mr. 'Qiang He' has a history of operating companies in Canada engaging in cattle-related business. There was a $330 million judgment outstanding against him.

  4. It is known that people have been criminally charged for PPP fraud by setting up shell corporations during the pandemic.

  5. PBI representative originally claimed that UMI went into bankruptcy, and as the largest creditor, PBI inherited its assets and moved them to the Reedley warehouse for storage. However, no bankruptcy filings have been found after exhaustive search. There were records of litigation between UMI and Sensiva Health, and Valor Distribution, both are involved in the distribution of COVID-19 test kits. UMI is also being sued by its former attorney, its former Realtor, and its former landlord for unpaid bills.

According to an Associated Press article dated August 9th 2023:

  1. The code enforcement officer of Reedley noticed a foul smell and saw a garden hose snaking into the old warehouse. A woman in a lab coat answered her knock, and behind her were two others in plastic gloves and blue surgical masks, packing pregnancy tests for shipping. They spoke broken English and told the officer they were from China. The women said the owner lived in China, provided a phone number and email address.

  2. The code enforcement officer contacted Fresno County health officials and then the FBI. Investigations launched by federal, state and local authorities found no criminal activity at the medical lab. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was no sign the lab was illegally in possession of the materials or had agents or toxins that could be used as bioweapons. CDC has taken no further action in this matter.

  3. City and county officials got a court order to shut down the operation, euthanized the mice and cleaned the biological materials. Reedley's authorities hired Nina Hahn, a veterinarian formerly contracted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to examine the mice. Hahn found they had not been injected with any infectious agent and were simply used to grow COVID-19 antibody cells to make testing kits. She also determined they were not subject to experimentation.

  4. The California's Department of Toxic Substances Control checked the air and water and found no threat.

More questions than answers

  1. Are they hiring in the warehouse "undocumented workers" who "spoke broken English and said they were from China"? With the current employment situation, who would want to work in a smelly old warehouse right next to a bunch of rotten dead mice?

    Did Immigration and Customs Enforcement get involved?

  2. According to RedState.com, UMI and PBI were not the manufacturer of the test kits. Obviously, they were not running a biolab there. They were just a packaging factory. The question is where do they get those things from?

  3. Who and where are they shipping those pregnancy test kits to? Are they authorized to do so? Or would those be subject to recall again?

Looks like it is more of a shady business operation than a clandestine biolab run by China in the US with nefarious intentions. We will have to wait for someone to investigate PBI, UMI and their officers' tax returns to find out what really happened behind the scene. The Speaker of the US House of Representatives called for an investigation into the biolab.

Latest development

On 2023.10.19, Mr. 'Qiang He', aka Jia Bei Zhu, aka Jesse Zhu, aka David He, was arrested and charged with manufacturing and distributing misbranded medical devices and for making false statements to the Food and Drug Administration.

According to court documents, between December 2020 and March 2023, Mr. 'Qiang He' and others manufactured, imported, sold, and distributed hundreds of thousands of test kits for COVID-19, HIV, pregnancy, clinical urinalysis in the United States.

They did so through UMI and PBI. They did not obtain the required authorizations to manufacture and distribute the test kits and mislabeled some of the test kits. When questioned by FDA officials, Mr. 'Qiang He' made false statements about his identity, his ownership and control of UMI and PBI, and the activities of UMI and PBI.

UMI first registered as a medical device manufacturer with the FDA in November 2015. Its registration lapsed in 2022, and it is no longer permitted to manufacture or import any in vitro diagnostic test kits. Any test kits that the company manufactured or imported after that date are considered misbranded medical devices.

UMI applied for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for its COVID-19 test kits, but never received it due to major deficiencies in its test studies. Therefore, any such test kits would be misbranded medical devices.

If convicted, Mr. 'Qiang He' faces a penalty of three years in prison for the misbranding of medical devices charge, and five years in prison for the false statements charge.

Sounds like someone who tried to make a quick buck by taking advantage of the pandemic and skirting the laws was finally busted. Any attempt by various websites to tie the operation to Chinese Bio-weapons program were perhaps a little bit farfetched.





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  • TorresErnment [2023-09-18] said ...

    I still remember the spy balloon saga. The Secretary of State called off a trip to China and said China flying a surveillance balloon over the United States unacceptable and irresponsible. Now Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the balloon wasn't spying and that it was blown off-track by the strong winds at the very high altitude, and that the balloon's sensors had never been activated while over the United States. That was what China had been saying all along. Could this Chinese bioweapon meme is a repeat of that kind of hype?

  • Anderson DJ [2023-08-12] said ...

    The government decided they cannot do anything because there was not enough meat to chew on. They leave it to the media to feast on it. If they have grounds to do so, they ought to have done it by now. CDC, FBI, federal, state authorities think it is OK, then it must be OK. What do you think they are doing. Bioweapons here? That's really something.

  • Hill15 [2023-08-12] said ...

    Why is the Chinese Government is doing this type of things here again? Maybe it is just some Prestige Biotech PBI or Universal Meditech UMI businessmen trying to make some quick bucks and do unscrupulous things here? Who is stupid enough to buy their test kits for COVID and pregnancy. No wonder they have to shut down. Kick them all out!

  • Diaz Sashe [2023-08-12] said ...

    I have seen the same pictures of the so-called Chinese biolabs somewhere else, not related to the UMI or PBI outfit. Was it just a warehouse or really a lab. Someone was trying to mislead the reader.

  • Williams_Str [2023-08-11] said ...

    Ought to have the UMI or PBI guy pay for the cleanup. They created a mess, they ought to pay for it.

  • Taylor Aya [2023-08-10] said ...

    They are doing it again. Illegal Chinese medical BIO lab in South California. Can't believe it. They never quit.

  • Winfrey [2023-08-10] said ...

    How come no charges filed yet? What are they doing? Just sit and wait to get paid?

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