MCCAA publishes list of inadequate face masks

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) has published a document warning the public of various face masks available on the market and which are not adequate to protect users against coronavirus.

As Malta started to lift off restrictive measures, the public is required to use face masks when using public transport, crossing between the two islands and upon entering establishments.

In a document published by the authority, it was explained that the notifications were issued on the Safety Gate rapid alert system on Friday 8 May. The Safety Gate rapid alert system enables quick exchange of information between EU member states, the UK and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

The Garry Galaxy mask’s material is inadequate since the particle/filter retention of the material is insufficient. It was explained that due to this, an excessive amount of particles or microorganisms might pass through the mask, increasing the risk of infection if not combined with additional protective measures. The product does not comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation and the relevant European standard EN 149.

These KN95 face masks are not certified as protective equipment by the relevant body. This means that the product might not fulfil the health and safety requirements and properly protect when combined with additional measures. The MCCAA warned that the product does not comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation.

These 3M are counterfeit. This product bears a CE marking but is not certified as protective equipment by the relevant body. The product may not fulfil the health and safety requirements and properly protect when combined with additional measures. The product does not comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation.

This particle filter mask is not counterfeit, however it is not certified as protective equipment by the relevant body.

These Sinpul masks which belong to the KN95 category are not certified by the relevant body. While the masks are not counterfeit, their importation has stopped due to lack of certification.