Health Canada has stated that these respirators are falsely labeled as approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), although they do not offer this level of protection.
Health Canada added that the company had been ordered to stop selling its product and issue a recall. It also works with the Canada Border Services Agency to prevent the product from entering the Canadian market.
“Health Canada is taking action to stop the import and sale of counterfeit respirators in Canada,” the agency wrote in the notice. “The department orders companies that can import or distribute these respirators to withdraw them from the market because they are not allowed to be sold in Canada. Health Canada will also cancel authorizations when there are reasonable grounds to believe that a product is counterfeit. ”
Health Canada urges anyone using one of these masks to stop using it, as it may not offer adequate protection against COVID-19 and other viruses.
The agency is also urging provincial and territorial governments to review their supply of respirators to ensure that they all meet the necessary safety requirements.
NIOSH provides advice on how to report counterfeit products on its website.