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New York, North Carolina pull uncertified gas masks

North Carolina and New York are withdrawing from service thousands of Australian-made gas masks bought for police after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because they do not meet federal standards for protection against nerve gas, anthrax and other toxins. Three weeks ago, the North Carolina crime control department began removing the 2,400 masks it purchased for $675,000 from Safety Equipment Australia because the company had missed several deadlines to get them certified, Crime Control Secretary Bryan Beatty said. The move came after nearly two years of warnings from the state’s labor and health departments that the masks lacked federal certification. If certified, the masks will be redistributed. Full Story

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