Potentially toxic face masks, produced by a Chinese company based out of Wuhan, China – the global origin point for the COVID-19 virus – were sent to Canadian daycares and schools.
The CBC reports that “Radio-Canada has obtained documents showing Health Canada warned of the potential for ‘early pulmonary toxicity’ from the SNN200642 masks made by Métallifer, a Quebec-based manufacturer.” The face masks are described by the CBC as “potentially toxic”.
However, a quick review of Métallifer’s website reveals that the company brands itself as “Votre partenaire industriel entre le Canada et la Chine”, or “Your industrial partner between Canada and China” in English.
National File conducted additional research and learned that Métallifer appears to have partnered with a Chinese company called SQ Group, or Sheng Quan Group, to import the face masks into Canada using the website SQMedicalSupplies.com.
Even more research reveals a Wuhan, China based company called V&Q Manufacturing Corporation actually manufactures the masks, which were apparently then sold to Sheng Quan Group. V&Q Manufacturing Corporation’s address is listed as “#B1614 optical valley time square, Wuhan, Hubei, CHINA” in official documentation for the masks.
On its website, V&Q Manufacturing Corporation promises “Very Qualify Supplier, Very Quality Products, Very Quickly Service.” They list their factory address as “#4 Fuyuan Road, Pengchang town, Xiantao city, Hubei province, China” and a business office in Wuhan at the address “#1-403 SBI Street Guanshandadao Hongshan district Wuhan City 430074”.
On their About page, they write this (typos written on original website were impossible to correct):
V&Q Manufacturing Corporation is a professional manufacturer of Non Woven and Gauze product ,With a experienced working team and completive price we have sold our product to worldwide market.The meaning of V&Q is Very Qualify Supplier ;Very Quality Product and Very Quickly Service.With these in our mind ,every staff of V&Q will take our customer’s interests as priority ,
Our non woven products including Coverall;Lab coat;Isolation gown ;Surgical gown ;Scrub suit ;Face mask ;Dust mask ;N95 mask :FFP1/2/3 mask;Shoe cover ;Caps;Hoods;Apron;Sleeve cover ;Pillow case ;bed sheet ;Shopping bag and so on . These product cover various types of material such as polypropylene(PP) ; Spunbond + Meltblown + Spunbond(SMS) ; Spunbond + Meltblown + Meltblown + Spunbond(SMMS); microporpous film : polyethylene (PE) . These non woven products widely used in factory,Lab ,Hospital ,Food industrial ,cleaning room and household .
Our gauze products including Lap sponge;Gauze swabs ;Gauze roll ;Gauze ball ;Non woven swabs and Non woven ball ;Bandage and so on .These products can be made by100% cotton and viscose + polyester. And it widely used in Hospital ;clinic;operation room .All our product is meet the standard of ISO and CE.
To choice V&Q is means to choose a reliable partner .
We will be the Chinese Production Department of your company if you select V&Q.
According to the CBC, “Health Canada conducted a preliminary risk assessment which revealed a potential for early lung damage associated with inhalation of microscopic graphene particles. Graphene is a strong, very thin material that is used in fabrication, but it can be harmful to lungs when inhaled and can cause long-term health problems.”
Additionally, “daycare educators had been suspicious of these grey and blue masks for a while because they felt like they were swallowing cat hair while wearing them,” per the CBC.
National File has reported extensively on the environmental and potential health effects of wearing COVID-19 face masks. In an alarming report from scientists, it was revealed that there are now more COVID-19 face masks in the ocean than jellyfish, and once completely pristine, uninhabited parts of the planet are now littered with the discarded masks.
Additionally, researchers recently sounded the alarm after chemicals used in plastics – including those plastics used in disposable face masks – may cause penile shrinkage, fertility issues, and a lack of masculine behavior in men and boys.