Kebs orders three companies to recall substandard face masks


The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has delisted three companies manufacturing face masks for poor quality products.

In a statement, Kebs ordered WAMNDAS manufactured by Wandas General Supplies, ARAX manufactured by Arax Mills and a brandless mask manufactured by Hela Intimates EPZ to discontinue manufacturing and recall its products from the market.

“The manufacturers are required to recall all the substandard masks from the market and institute corrective actions whose effectiveness shall be confirmed by KEBS before the suspension of the standardization mark permits is lifted. Manufacturers are also advised to strictly adhere to marking and labeling requirements as per the relevant Standard,” the regulator said in the statement.

“The use of substandard medical face masks, or even misuse of the masks, is highly risky because it gives a false sense of protection thereby increasing the risk of exposure,” Kebs said.

At the same time, KEBS has appealed to members of the public to notify the organisation as and when they find these products in the market through its toll-free number 1545.