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Avrox reacts to the decision of the Belgian authorities

The “Luxembourg” company pointed out in the delivery of masks potentially harmful to health takes note of the choice of the Belgian Ministry of Health. She says she is ready to collaborate in an investigation.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The “Luxembourg” company pointed out in the delivery of masks potentially harmful to health takes note of the choice of the Belgian Ministry of Health. She says she is ready to collaborate in an investigation.

The 15 million masks delivered by Avrox to Belgian Defense comply with all national and European regulations? Yes, and even “scrupulously” assures the company which supplied them to the Belgian government last summer. She has just announced it, in a press release published a few hours after the Federal Minister of Health recommended no longer to use or market the said mouth protectors.

Through its communication agency, the company responds to the choice of Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, and says “to await with impatience the additional studies requested from the Superior Council of Health and Sciensano”. These organizations had warned of the health risks of wearing the fabric masks in question, on the pretext that they released nanoparticles of silver and / or titanium dioxide, potentially harmful to health.

Sciensano, as a precautionary measure, therefore urged no longer to use Avrox masks. Noting however, “the current results do not allow us to estimate whether these nanoparticles are actually released from the masks and to what extent the users are exposed to them”. Doubt on which Avrox bases its defense, this Thursday. “The methodology is still in full development in collaboration with VITO. The results will not be available in the short term, however, because we are in a scientific field still unknown”, even indicated the scientists.

The firm says it is ready to collaborate in the new phases of the study. And to be surprised, however, that Avrox masks “are the only ones concerned by this study and by the government decision, while a multitude of other mouth masks produced in Europe and all over the world (with the same components ), which have sometimes been distributed by local authorities, or which are still still sold in shops and pharmacies in Belgium, are not ”.

Avrox, having acted as an importer to respond to the market passed by the Belgian Ministry of Defense, said to have obtained supplies “from supplier manufacturers who produced tens of millions of mouth masks similar to the one delivered in Belgium”. According to the instructions provided with the masks, it was Dong Xuan, a producer established in Vietnam.

These products have not a priori been the subject of such an imbroglio anywhere else. But products whose quality had already been debated in the midst of the Covid crisis …


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