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May 3, 2020
As face coverings are becoming the new norm, it is of the utmost importance to due your own due diligence and make sure what you are purchasing is legitimate.
The unfortunate reality is that most people on the internet selling KN95 masks do not understand what they are selling, and many of them are selling counterfeit products because they themselves do not know what to look for.
Here are 5 ESSENTIAL things to look for before making a KN95 purchase.
1. Does the KN95 Respirator Mask have an FDA certificate?
This is a simple lookup. Cross reference the stated manufacturer listing no. and the certificate and make sure that it matches. Although having an active listing does not guarantee that the KN95 is legitimate, it is a minimum first step in evaluating a product.
Any manufacturer FDA listing can be found here: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfRL/rl.cfm
2. Does the product have professional packaging?
KN95 Respirator Masks are health and medical products. They should have professional packaging. If the product comes in a clear unmarked bag, you should not purchase this product. The cost of packaging is minimal. There is no reason to accept this short cut.
3. Is the manufacturer information clearly stated on the website/packaging?
If the seller is unwilling to disclose the origin of the KN95 nor is the manufacture clearly identified on all packing, this should be avoided at all costs. The FDA and CDC are clear on their rules. KN95 masks must have the manufactures name and address on all packaging, boxes or any literature for its sale.
4. Do you have a picture of the actual packaging, and does it match up with what you have purchased?
You must know what you are getting prior to purchase. Most KN95 masks look alike, and there are plenty of stock pictures floating around the internet. The seller must be able to provide accurate information regarding any packaging.
5. Does any of the marketing material reference Covid-19 or the Coronavirus?
Both the FDA and CDC are explicitly clear on this. You may NOT market any product as being a preventative measure for Covid-19 or Coronavirus. If either of those terms are mentioned on any sort of marketing material, it is a clear violation of federal guidelines.
Use common sense.
Although masks and respirators are considered a scarce commodity, there is no reason for manufacturers and/or suppliers to cut corners in their presentation, quality and/or materials. Use common sense and trust your gut. These are highly technical medical/health related supplies. You should feel completely confident in your purchase.
Stay tuned. The next blog post will be “How to identify a counterfeit KN95 respirator mask in 3 simple steps”
Feel free to reach out to us at anytime if you have questions or concerns about your recent purchase, even if you did not purchase it from Better Safe Now. We can help you evaluate the KN95 mask and let you know our opinion.
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