Fact Check: Photos Of Mould On Leather Goods In Mall Shared With False Claims

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that the viral photos showing mould on leather goods is from India

India   |   15 May 2020 11:17 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-05-15T18:33:59+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Nandan M
Fact Check: Photos Of Mould On Leather Goods In Mall Shared With False Claims

A picture showing mould on leather goods like shoes, bags and jackets has been doing the round on social media. It is being claimed that the pictures are from Shoppers Stop, India.

According to the caption accompanying these posts, leather products have developed mould because the airconditioning system in the mall was shut due to the lockdown. The message further warns against visiting malls for four months.

The claim has been shared several times on Twitter and Facebook.

"Imagine when malls open the fungus in the ducts will fly free in closed atmosphere of malls….. entering our respiratory system….. leading to major infection," a caption reads.

In a step to stop the spread of COVID-19, the state governments had ordered the closure of cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools and malls in mid-March. They remain shut till date.


Viral photos showing mould on leather goods is from India.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

Photos Not From India

A reverse image search led us to news a report by Daily Mail published on May 11 which stated that the images were taken at a store in Sabah, Malaysia.

Titled, 'Leather products are covered in MOULD after they were left untouched in Malaysian store closed for two months due to coronavirus' has the images same as the viral posts.

Malaysia's movement control order (MCO), the lockdown imposed by Malaysia had started on 18 March and has been extended until 9 June.

Another report mentions that the incident occurred in Metrojaya store in Suria Sabah and the photos were taken by the staff for internal use.

A statement was issued by the store on its Facebook page, confirming that the incident occurred in the said store.

"There are various reasons how the goods came to be in that condition and we are still in the process of investigating this. All damaged goods have now been removed from our shelves and replaced with new stocks," they wrote.

Further, several other images and videos were found which showed workers cleaning and disinfecting the place.

A video titled, 'Shopping mall finds leather goods covered in mould after lockdown' was also posted by CGTN on Youtube.

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Claim Review :  People should avoid malls in India for 4 months after lockdown is lifted because leather products have developed mould
Claimed By :  social media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Nandan M

Nandan M

Trainee Creative Producer

Creative designer Skilled in Photography, Graphics, Typography, Animation, and Editing. Strong arts and design professional with a diploma focused on adobe suit.

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