A recall notice has been issued for batches of surgical face masks issued to care homes and GPs.
Care homes have been told to immediately stop using the Cardinal Healthcare IIR masks and to destroy them as they pose a “risk to staff” if they degrade, Sky News reported.
More than 80 batches of the masks have been recalled. The masks are believed to have been part of a 10 year-old stockpile that was intended for a flu pandemic.
The recall notice follows a warning issued in May after complaints about that the masks, some of which are more than seven years beyond their expiry date.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “The safety of health, care and all frontline staff is our top priority.
“We were made aware of a defect with some Cardinal Health Type IIR surgical masks. Last week we issued advice to health and care providers to check if their stock included these masks and to dispose of them. The issue is now resolved.”
Earlier this month, care home operators were advised to destroy faulty COVID-19 test kits that had been manufactured by a Chinese company.