Most of them are made up of fake N95 respirators and KN95 respirators.
Since the beginning of this year, the U.S. Customs Service has seized about 20 million counterfeit COVID-19 gas masks, most of which are from Asia.
The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Federal Customs Service confirmed to Lusa that most of the 34.6 million counterfeit masks seized in the United States since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic were 20 million. January 1 this year And March 31.
Most of the seizures came from “East Asia” or China and consisted of forged N95 gas masks and KN95 masks.
In answering Lussa’s question, the U.S. Customs said: “Counters have rich experience and follow trends in consumer demand.”
Counterfeit products are usually sold at high prices to increase the economic benefits of counterfeiters, but they are powerless to prevent pandemic coronavirus pollution and are especially dangerous for healthcare professionals.
CBP emphasized: “Counterfeit respirators may not be able to effectively filter particles in the air or prevent liquid droplets from contaminating the user’s face.”
The US Customs Service also warned that consumers may suffer a “false sense of security” without knowing that the product is invalid, which will promote the spread of the coronavirus.
The production of the mask is similar to 3M, which is a product of a large North American company in the fields of industry, consumer goods and health, and is sometimes identified by strong chemical smells on the packaging or errors in English grammar.
According to the information sent by CBP to Lusa, from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration also seized 178,000 sets of COVID-19 screening due to lack of permits or non-compliance with legal requirements. Reagent test kit. To adapt.
During the same period, among the confiscated counterfeit products for COVID-19, 37,000 “anti-covid necklaces” were also confiscated, which was an item with a ribbon used to wrap the certificate around the neck and claimed to have this Kind of ability. Fight back the new coronavirus.
In 36 incidents, 300,000 containers of hygienic gel used for hands were also seized. The alcohol content of these containers did not reach the minimum required for effectiveness.
The Customs and Border Protection Agency is responsible for overseeing 328 air, land and water ports of entry, claiming that “counters are trying to take advantage of the high demand for personal protective equipment, medicines and household cleaning products to sell counterfeit products or use these items without authorization.” Since the beginning of the epidemic.
Counterfeit products are determined to exceed the standards set by several U.S. government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (an entity that guarantees food and drug safety), the Environmental Protection Agency, or the Institute of Safety and Health.
CBP wrote: “We work closely with government agencies to better understand the federal standards for products needed for Covid-19.”