By John Miller
ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss officials have opened investigations into importers and dealers of defective respiratory masks, they said on Friday, warning users of protective devices to be vigilant for flawed products rushed into the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Swiss Federal Office for Accident Prevention (BFA) and Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (SUVA) said 60% of the protective masks they reviewed offered insufficient protection.
The call by the agencies does not pertain to soft hygienic masks people commonly wear in public or while riding trains and buses, but to more robust respiratory protective devices to help protect medical workers from the deadly disease.
Most of the masks were labelled KN95, the agencies said, a label that may indicate approval in China.
In April, the Swiss government relaxed import restrictions on protective gear so its health system had enough amid a global scramble.
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