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CBP Officers Seize Fake COVID-19 Test Kits at LAX

Suspected Counterfeit Test Kits Mislabeled as “Purified Water Vials”

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the LAX International Mail Facility intercepted a package containing suspected counterfeit COVID-19 test kits arriving from the United Kingdom, officials said.

According to a news release, “On March 12, 2020, CBP officers discovered six plastic bags containing various vials, while conducting an enforcement examination of a parcel manifested as “Purified Water Vials” with a declared value of $196.81. A complete examination of the shipment, led to the finding of vials filled with a white liquid and labeled “Corona Virus 2019nconv (COVID-19)” and “Virus1 Test Kit”.  The shipment was turned over to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for analysis.”

“CBP commits substantial resources to detect, intercept and seize illicit goods arriving in the air package environment,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP Port Director at LAX.  “Smugglers are constantly attempting to take advantage of consumers by disguising their illicit goods as legitimate shipments.” 

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