After several complaints by nations of poor quality of face mak, test kits received, China on Sunday confiscated more than 89 million face masks, a government official said.
The novel coronavirus has infected nearly 2.9 people globally and therefore the demand for face masks and personal protective equipment have surged.
However, many countries have complained about defective quality products received from China.
Gan Lin, deputy director of the State Administration of Market Regulation, said that country’s market regulators inspected about 16 million businesses and confiscated more than 89 million masks and 418,000 units of protective kits.
She also said that ineffective disinfectants worth over 7.6 million yuan ($1.1 million) were also seized.
This development comes after Spain, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Turkey decided not to use hundreds of thousands of masks and pieces of protective gear imported from China due to its poor quality.
Last week, the Canadian government said that about one million face masks imported from China failed to meet appropriate standards for healthcare workers.
Last month, the Netherlands also recalled nearly 500,000 Chinese masks from hospitals after complaints that they didn’t cover the face properly and have defective filters.
China on Saturday released new rules which said that even non-medical masks must fulfill both national and international quality standards.
Exporters must declare on writing that their medical equipment matches the safety criteria of the destination country, the ministry of commerce said.