Be wary of cheap face masks, consumers warned


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020

SUNGAI BESAR (Bernama): The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has detected cheap face masks, some as low as 50 sen each, which do not meet set quality standards.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid advised consumers to be careful when buying such face masks to prevent the risk of being exposed to danger.

He said inspection of what was claimed to be a three-layer face mask sold at 50 sen each found that the material used was dubious.

"It is dusty and can affect the health of users," he told reporters after officiating the closing of the 2020 Consumer and Trader roadshow programme in Sekinchan here on Wednesday (Sept 16).

He said the mask was being analysed by the Chemistry Department.

He also did not rule out the possibility that regulations would be introduced to ensure only face masks that meet set standards are allowed to be sold for the safety of consumers.

In August, the Government set the ceiling price of face mask at RM1 each.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Mega Sales Programme and Buy Malaysian Products Campaign, he said that there was an increase of public awareness in reviving the local economy affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rosol also said that consumers should not worry when buying locally made goods as the quality is comparable to that of international goods or even better.

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