U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been seizing numerous shipments of counterfeit or unauthorized coronavirus safety equipment in recent weeks, some of which have been destined for addresses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Since June 5, area ports of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Wilmington and Washington, D.C., have seen seizures of unauthorized COVID-19 test kits, counterfeit N95 masks, doses of unapproved medication such as Hydroxychloroquine sulfate and much more.
Shipped from places like Hong Kong, Poland, Switzerland and other countries, the destination addresses include not only Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but also Maryland, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut and Virginia, Customs and Border Protection said Friday in a news release.
Many of the medical supplies, including more than 100 unauthorized test kits and more than 1,000 pills of unauthorized medication, were seized at the Washington, D.C., port. The Baltimore port picked up a shipment of 600 face masks adorned with counterfeit logos of popular brands, including Nike, Adidas, Jaguar, Gucci and Louis Vitton, as well as sports teams like British soccer franchises Manchester City and Liverpool.
According to the release from the CBP, “These products are not on the current Emergency Use Authorization List nor are the manufacturers on the list of firms who have provided compliance notification to the FDA. As such, the products are inadmissible to the United States for violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.”
So, if you’re waiting for your Gucci face mask to show up so you can flex at the grocery store while still following safety mandates, you may be out of luck.
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