A KN95 mask from China is being recalled due to insufficient protection.
Buying masks from the Internet is increasingly discouraged because of fake markings and poor quality.
Munich - For most people, they have become a daily companion: the FFP2 masks *.
They should protect us and others particularly well against infection with the coronavirus.
However, for some time now there have been repeated warnings that FFP2 masks are being sold that only offer inadequate protection.
For example, various statutory health insurance associations warn that German authorities have distributed protective masks from China to medical practices, which are, however, of poor quality.
It appears that some FFP2 masks are being exported to Germany without a corresponding certification.
Again there is a warning against a Chinese manufacturer who sells KN95 masks.
KN95 masks are actually considered to be equivalent to FFP2 masks.
now reports again on masks with invalid or falsified labels - there is even a recall.
Warning of KN95 masks: only permitted with official approval
It has been advised against buying protective masks over the Internet for weeks.
In particular, KN95 masks should not be purchased if no official approval has been presented.
These masks have to prove a special approval or a quick test from an approved testing center in Germany and may only be sold with the approval of the market surveillance authorities.
reports, German authorities are said to have issued masks with invalid or falsified CE markings if they passed a quick test.
Therefore, when buying KN95 masks, you should always ask for a permit.
The data of the document should be carefully compared with that of the mask.
If you do not receive such a document, the sale is not permitted and the masks should not be worn for your own protection.
Another recall of KN95 masks in Germany: Fake CE marking
Now the website warns against a KN95 mask again because it has insufficient protection.
Particularly perfidious in this context is the fact that the packaging of the recalled product bears an invalid CE mark.
This actually assures the buyer that the product meets the applicable EU requirements.
Specifically, it is the "KN95 Protective Mask 4 Layer Protection KN95" mask.
It is sold in a box with a total of 20 pieces and has the model number 7100. The barcode has the number 4772013226307. The mask in question can be assigned to the manufacturer "Dongguan Jiesi Medical Supplier Co., LTD".
Mask recall in Germany: Inadequate protection leads to an increased risk of infection
A check of the masks made it clear that the masks have a passage between 26.9 and 79.2 percent.
In the EU, however, only FFP2 masks with a maximum permeability of six percent are permitted.
The protective effect of the above-mentioned masks is completely inadequate.
If the mask is not combined with additional protective measures, the risk of infection is high.
In addition, the masks included in the pack were not all the same.
On the one hand, they were structured differently and, on the other hand, they also differed greatly in their labeling.
Due to the identified inadequate filter performance, there is a risk of all masks from the manufacturer mentioned that the wearer could become infected with the coronavirus.
Federal government no longer supplies KN95 masks
Based on such findings, the Hamburg school authorities recently prohibited school staff from using the KN95 masks made available by the federal government.
The reason given was the inadequate quality standard of these protective masks.
The Federal Ministry of Health announced in January that the masks would be checked through a multi-stage process.
Now, however, the federal government has temporarily withdrawn the approval for use as a medical mask for the KN95 masks from its own deliveries.
Because the reports about defective masks as well as product recalls of individual makes and models caused trust in these masks to decline.
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