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U.S. Pulls Authorization for Use of Face Masks Made in China

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Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

The Food and Drug Administration reversed a decision to allow the emergency use of dozens of N-95 face masks made in China, after government testing found many didn’t work properly.

The agency had authorized use of the masks to help address shortages of personal protective equipment, on the condition that their effectiveness was verified by independent testing labs. That policy, put in place April 3, is being reversed based on testing by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that found many masks from China failed to meet filtration standards.