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Stop using these N95 masks, FDA says. There are ‘serious concerns’ with their quality

Source Miami Herald

Federal health officials are warning health care professionals about “serious concerns” regarding the quality of certain N95 masks made by Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacturing in China.

It’s unclear what is specifically wrong with the products — critical for protection against COVID-19 for medical workers — but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the company “failed to control the design, labeling, and quality management” of the masks.

All approvals for N95s produced by Shanghai Dasheng have been revoked as of Aug. 13, meaning they are no longer authorized for emergency use and “may no longer be manufactured, assembled, sold or distributed” in the U.S.

N95 masks are those with a “very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles,” the FDA says.

Although the warning was directed to health care professionals who work closely with COVID-19 patients, it doesn’t hurt to check if the box of N95 masks you purchased online or from stores made the cut.

N95 masks n95 mask Stop using these N95 masks, FDA says. There are ‘serious concerns’ with their quality
Example of typical markings on approved N95 respirators. CDC

Look for a seven-digit approval number that starts with the letters “TC-” at the bottom of your mask. If your mask is marked with any of the numbers listed below, then it is among those that have been revoked for quality concerns:

TC-84A-4329, TC-84A-4330, TC-84A-4331, TC-84A-4332, TC-84A-4334, TC-84A-4335, TC-84A-4336, TC-84A-4337, TC-84A-4398, TC-84A-4399, TC-84A-4400, TC-84A-4401, TC-84A-4463, TC-84A-4464, TC-84A-4465, TC-84A-4466, TC-84A-4467, TC-84A-4468, TC-84A-4469, TC-84A-4470, TC-84A-4471, TC-84A-4472, TC-84A-4473, TC-84A-4483, TC-84A-4484, TC-84A-4485, TC-84A-4486, TC-84A-4487, TC-84A-8150, TC-84A-8425, TC-84A-8543, TC-84A-8544, TC-84A-8545, TC-84A-8546, TC-84A-8547, TC-84A-8634, TC-84A-8635, and TC-84A-8636.

How to put on and take off N95 and surgical masks

 

This video demonstrates the recommendations by the CDC for putting on and taking off N95 and surgical masks. 

The FDA said it will keep health care professionals and the public updated as new information becomes available.