Chinese company faces federal charges in ‘fake’ N95 respirator case

N95 respirator [Image from the FDA]

A Chinese manufacturer has been charged with producing and exporting to the United States nearly half a million misbranded and defective masks that falsely purported to be N95 respirators, the federal government reported.

King Year Packaging and Printing Co. Ltd. (King Year) faces three counts of violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and one felony count of making a false statement by filing misleading registration documents with the FDA. The criminal complaint was filed in Brooklyn (N.Y.) federal court.

N95 respirators are designed to filter out 95% of airborne particles and have been in high demand as personal protective equipment for healthcare providers caring for COVID-19 patients.

According to the complaint, from April 6, 2020, to April 21, 2020, King Year manufactured 495,200 defective and misbranded masks that it claimed to be N95 respi…

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