State says masks appear safe, planning independent investigation

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/ WTVF) — Tennessee officials say they are planning an independent investigation after it was revealed that masks distributed throughout the state were reportedly treated with an anti-microbial agent.

An investigation by Nasvhille CBS affiliate WTVF News Channel 5 uncovered the masks were treated with a controversial substance that is registered as a pesticide. The masks were made by Renfro Corporation, a North Carolina-based sock maker. Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group said it provided 300,000 masks across the state to municipal and county health departments.

The chemical in question is called Silverdur, an anti-microbial normally used to prevent odors in socks.

State officials said it is up to individuals who already have one of the masks to decide on their own whether or not they want to wear it.

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