Global Threat of Substandard Mask Amidst Pandemic

/ 10:38 AM August 12, 2020

As of August 10, 2020, there are 19.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 700,000 deaths and counting. International Monetary Fund (IMF) considered the present circumstances as the “worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression,” according to the Forbes article. 

Yet despite the threat, the World Health Organization’s most basic advice for defense against the coronavirus is simple: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching the face, maintain social distancing of at least 1 meter, and wear a mask. The principle is simple, “prevent the wearer transmitting infection to others (source control) or to offer protection to the wearer against infection (prevention).”

As the world is threatened by a virus, illegal selling of substandard masks rose leading to 121 worldwide arrest and seizure of counterfeit pharmaceuticals of up to USD 14 million. “Once again, Operation Pangea shows that criminals will stop at nothing to make a profit. The illicit trade in such counterfeit medical items during a public health crisis shows their total disregard for people’s wellbeing, or their lives,” said Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL’s Secretary General.


To avoid counterfeit and substandard items, the Local Government Association of the United Kingdom advised consumers to “only buy goods from well-known and trusted retailers, and are being reminded that anyone using pressure tactics to sell goods or services is unlikely to be genuine.” Dr. Ariane Davison in the article published on Hong Kong Free Press also reiterated to choose “quality masks that offer trusted protection are approved and verified by international regulatory bodies (such as ASTM, FDA,  NIOSH, or in the Philippines, In the Philippines, the Food and Drug Administration) and will have respective certification codes on the packaging.”

Consumers should be vigilant in checking not only the legitimacy of the distributor but also the brand and manufacturer. Legitimate companies and manufacturers such as AOXING seek certification from international and local regulatory bodies. And for mask manufacturers, seek international-renowned testing facility to ensure quality and safety of the masks.

AOXING products passed clinical and laboratory tests from Shenzen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection (China), SGS (USA) and Nelson Laboratories (USA). Its company and products are also certified by US FDA and received European Union’s Conformitè Europëenne (CE) mark. 

AOXING is available in 22 locations across the globe: 

France USA (Los Angeles) Portugal

Spain USA (California) Morocco

Poland USA (New York) Russia

Czech Republic Mexico South Africa

Denmark United Kingdom Australia

Holland Italy Thailand

Germany India Singapore

In the Philippines, AOXING is exclusively distributed by Philippine FDA-accredited JENKA GLOBAL which is located in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information about AOXING and JENKA GLOBAL, visit or email [email protected]. For retail orders, visit our Lazada shop,


Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Aoxing, Face Masks, Tui & Tamura Inc.
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.