At the beginning of the Corona crisis, the federal government made masks available to several large consumers and cantons. These came from the 2007 pandemic preparedness. Now the federal government has called them back, it says in a message. The reason: traces of fungal attack. The masks would be replaced free of charge.
The laboratory of the Geneva University Hospital found mold infestation in a sample. “Since not all masks can be tested, the entire lot is withdrawn as a precaution.”
Laboratory only tested the functionality
BLICK already reported in mid-June “Muffle Masks”. Even then, a physiotherapist complained of a bad smell from the masks from federal stocks that the Spiez BE laboratory had released despite the expired date.
Now army spokesman Daniel Reist confirms VIEW: The masks recalled are the ones for which Spiez gave the green light at the time. “The laboratory had then tested its functionality. Microbiological testing was not intended. Therefore, there was no review in this regard. »
Customers are contacted
The contaminated hygiene masks come from an old stock of 13.5 million pieces. All customers are currently being contacted, says Reist. How many of the masks have to be recalled is unclear.
Traces of contamination were also found in another lot of 305,000 FFP2 masks. These are also withdrawn and checked as a precaution.
It is possible that the contamination of the masks is due to storage or transportation. An in-depth analysis of where this pollution comes from is ongoing.