Colored face masks to be inspected for harmful substances

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/03/72021
By: Chen Wei-ting and Emerson Lim

CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) Taiwan's Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection will begin random
inspections of colored face masks on Monday to check if the products contain toxic substances, such as some regulated azo dye components.

The bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is planning to purchase 70 regular face masks from physical stores and online shops for the safety check, Lai Chun-chieh (賴俊杰), chief of the bureau's inspection section, said on Sunday.

The inspections will also determine whether the amount of formaldehyde exceeds the legal limit, he said, adding that the results of the inspection will be available in two weeks at the soonest.

At present, the MOEA is responsible for inspecting regular face masks while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare is in charge of medical grade face masks, according to Lai.    [FULL  STORY]

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