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50% of masks sold in market mislabeled: survey

50% of masks sold in market mislabeled: survey

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Fifty percent of masks sold in the Taiwan market are mislabeled, according to a survey released Friday by the Department of Consumer Protection. For the purpose of the survey, the department randomly bought 36 brands of masks from retailers in June, which included six ordinary masks and 30 surgical masks. It was found that three of the ordinary masks and 16 of the surgical masks were labeled with false or misleading information. For example, some of the products claimed that they were capable of blocking particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5), and some said they had a bacteria filtering efficiency of 99 percent, the department said. At present, there are no national or international inspection standards for PM2.5 resistance in masks, according to the department. There were also some products that claim they can filter dust and toxic sulfur dioxide emitted by cars. Other violations include inconsistency between the product names and the originally approved names; the addresses of the manufacturers were not indicated or were inconsistent with those originally approved; and failure to indicate the shipment number. (By Chen Cheng-wei and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 11:30 GMT+08:00