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KN95 Mask Recall In New Zealand

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 31 August 2020


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The KN95 protective masks supplied by Inter Build Safety Plus are being recalled for failing to comply with filtration standards.


Masks sold between April and July are being recalled.


Security // BLUF: KN95 masks supplied by Inter Build Plus are being recalled for failing to comply with filtration standards.


The Chinese-made masks sold between April and July at NZ Safety Blackwoods, LeedSafe, Safety and Apparel, Trade Direct Wholesale, Drywall Direct Wholesale and TradeMax were affected by the recall, following reports that the masks did not comply with New Zealand safety standards.


The Canadian government had recalled Chinese-made KN95 masks in May for failing to meet 95 percent filtration specifications.


“Stop using of the identified masks and return any residual stock/masks to the place of purchase,” Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said on its recalls website.


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The Daily Quick-Look for 31 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.


1. UNITED STATES, ISRAEL - Security, Political: Trump adviser sees more Arab, Muslim partners for Israel after UAE deal

FYSA: U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Sunday more Arab and Muslim countries were likely to follow the United Arab Emirates in normalising relations with Israel. The White House official, Robert O’Brien, and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on the eve of talks in Abu Dhabi on Monday on finalising formal Israel-UAE ties. Israel and the UAE announced on Aug. 13 that they would forge official ties under a deal brokered by Washington. The diplomatic move reshapes the Middle East order, from the Palestinian issue to relations with Iran. “We believe that other Arab and Muslim countries will soon follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead and normalise relations with Israel,” O’Brien told reporters after talks at Netanyahu’s residence. He did not name the states, but Israeli officials have publicly mentioned Oman, Bahrain and Sudan. Palestinians have condemned the UAE’s move as abandonment of a policy of linking official relations with Israel to achievement of Palestinian statehood in territory captured by Israel in a 1967 war. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)


2. CANADA - Security, Political: Statue of Canada's first prime minister toppled by protesters

FYSA: A statue of Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John Macdonald was toppled in downtown Montreal by protesters marching in support of defunding the police, government officials have said. The incident occurred at the end of a peaceful march on Saturday when a group of people climbed the monument and pulled down the statue, causing the head to fly off, video footage posted on social media showed. Calls to defund the police have been growing across the United States and Canada in recent months, after a spate of violent incidents involving police. The death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in the custody of Minneapolis police in May sparked global protests about racial inequality and police brutality, and renewed pledges from some to fight racism. In June, a video showing a forceful arrest of a Canadian Indigenous leader by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raised further questions about the use of force by the police. The statue of Macdonald, who first became prime minister in 1867, has been the site of repeated acts of graffiti in recent years and it has often been covered in red paint. Activists have criticised some of the former prime minister's actions and policies, including the residential school system, under which tens of thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and sent to state-funded boarding schools. (Al Jazeera. See link in heading for further reading)


3. BELARUS- Political: Protesters crowd Minsk as Belarus leader gets birthday call from Putin

FYSA: Belarusians chanting “Happy Birthday, you rat” and flying red-and-white opposition flags gathered near President Alexander Lukashenko’s residence on Sunday as protesters kept up pressure on the veteran leader to resign, before dispersing peacefully. The president, in office for 26 years, has shown no inclination to step down. For the second weekend in a row he appeared in a black cap and carrying an automatic rifle while walking around his residence, according to a photo published by Russia’s RIA news agency. Lukashenko, who turned 66 on Sunday, is struggling to contain weeks of protests and strikes since winning an Aug. 9 election his opponents say was rigged. He denies electoral fraud and has said the protesters, whom he previously called “rats”, are backed from abroad. Russian President Vladimir Putin used a birthday phone call to invite Lukashenko to visit Moscow, a sign of the Kremlin’s willingness to back Lukashenko as he grapples with the unrest and the threat of new Western sanctions. Tens of thousands of protesters streamed into central Minsk, carrying balloons, flowers and flags, in the afternoon. Belarus had a white-red-white flag for a brief period in the early 1990s and it has become a symbol of its anti-government protests. Passing cars honked their horns in solidarity. Some women lay down in protest in front of a cordon of helmeted security forces. Protesters then converged on Lukashenko’s residence, which was guarded by a wall of security forces carrying shields. A column of armoured military vehicles was seen driving towards the city centre. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)


4. NEW ZEALAND - Security (Health): Government issues recall on KN95 protective masks

FYSA: KN95 protective masks supplied by Inter Build Safety Plus are being recalled for failing to comply with filtration standards. The masks did not comply with the relevant safety standard GB2626-2006, which meant “they may not provide suitable particulate filtration so [are] therefore not suitable for use as a filtration device”, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said. “Stop using of the identified masks and return any residual stock/masks to the place of purchase,” MBIE said on its recalls website. KN95 masks sold between April and July at NZ Safety Blackwoods, LeedSafe, Safety and Apparel, Trade Direct Wholesale, Drywall Direct Wholesale and TradeMax were affected by the recall. Inter Build Safety Plus has been approached for comment. According to the standard GB2626-2006, the material in the KN95 face mask was designed for filtration efficiency of at least 95 per cent of particulate matter >0.3 microns. The masks were recalled by the Canadian government in May as they “failed to meet 95 per cent filtration specifications”. In July, N95 masks were recalled from 330 New Zealand pharmacies. The difference between N95 and KN95 was where the masks were made. N95 masks referred to standards used in the United States, while, KN95 masks referred to standards used in China. In New Zealand and Australia the standard was P1 or P2 classification for disposable masks. (Stuff. See link in heading for further reading)



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