3M—1860, 1860S, and Aura 1870+ Healthcare Particulate Respirator and Surgical Masks: Manufacturer Warns of Increased Risk of Fake/Counterfeit Product
February 3, 2021 | Strategic Insights for Health System
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In a December 2020 letter posted to the 3M COVID Fraud website, and updated on January 20, 2021, and sent to customers, 3M states that it has received increasing reports of fraud related to the above respirators. 3M also states that these reports have included instances of fake/counterfeit product as well as fraudulent offers of product offered but not delivered. 3M further states that it is working with law enforcement and other appropriate authorities to eliminate this fraud. 3M states that over the past several months, the firm's enforcement actions have resulted in the seizure of substantial quantities of counterfeit model 1860, 1860S, and 1870+ surgical respirators which had been sold or offered to government agencies in at least six different states. 3M also states that it does not manufacture models 1860, 1860S, and 1870+ surgical respirators in China, and that any product purporting to be one of these models exported from China should be viewed as counterfeit. 3M further states that all shipments of models 1860, 1860S, and 1870+ surgical respirators accompanied by a TUV or SGS certification should be viewed as highly suspicious and most likely counterfeit. 3M states that 3M respirators marked with a round holographic seal outside of Latin America have a significant risk of being counterfeit and should be thoroughly vetted before use. 3M states that it has identified counterfeit product bearing the above lot numbers. ...