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Face Mask Russian Roulette

A counterfeit mask seized by the feds with a fake label from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Counterfeit medical grade face masks from China are being dumped in the United States and consumers are being warned that using them as protection against Covid 19 is akin to playing Russian roulette.

It was just reported today that the feds have stopped a shipment of over 170,000 counterfeit N95 masks from China, masks that actually are putting the health of many American healthcare workers and other frontline personnel at risk.

According to the report, Customs and Border Protection officers on April 7 intercepted the shipment of 171,460 masks at Houston Seaport. They carried the logo of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, but a check with the agency found that the shipment was not licensed.

They were fake, and they were headed to White Plains, NY.

Paul Hickey is co-founder and president of Utah-based PuraVita Medical, a manufacturer of medical grade face masks for the healthcare industry and the general public. He’s been leading a mission to inform the American public that their lives are at risk by using these fake masks from China, 60 percent of which fail to meet the specs on the box, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The feds’ action to confiscate those 170,000 counterfeit N95 masks are just the tip of the iceberg, says Hickey, adding that some 20 U.S.-based mask manufacturers have banded together to convince the Biden administration and Congress to take strong action against Chinese companies that are dumping those masks in the U.S.

Last year, according to Hickey, more than 12 million counterfeit masks were confiscated by the federal government and so far this year -- in just four months -- 18 million fake masks have been confiscated by the feds.

"When you are getting counterfeit N95 masks. they are not protecting you," Hickey says. "It is literally putting American lives at risk. You are playing Russian roulette when you buy these Chinese masks. You should only be buying American made masks if you want to be protected, the fraud is so rampant."

Hickey explains all of this in this episode of NFN Radio News. Take a listen to our interview with Paul. He's also created a special discount code for listeners -- 20% off PuraVita masks by using the code NFN20 at

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