U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) said Thursday (26) that customs officials seized 30,000 “Virus Shut Out” necklaces from China that promised to prevent infection with the coronavirus (Chinese Communist Party) by producing anti-viral clouds. virus).
The CBP statement said that on April 16, border agents intercepted a truck entering Mexico through the Nogales, Arizona, border station and found it carrying three undeclared pallets of 30,000 pieces of Chinese-made equipment claimed to be “anti-viral. The package read, “Wear it around your neck to block viruses.”
After a preliminary inspection of the merchandise, CBP seized the product for violating federal pesticide laws. According to the report, the necklaces look like a lanyard with a blue bag on top. The necklaces contain chlorine dioxide, and prolonged exposure to chlorine dioxide can cause serious breathing problems.
CBP assessed the value of the necklaces for domestic sale at approximately $479,700. Customs agents also seized more than $24,000 worth of merchandise and clothing with counterfeit trademarks.
The necklace packaging included 16 warnings, including that the product should not be placed “in underwear” and may cause bleaching of clothing, corrosion of “metal objects” or rusting.
The packaging states that the product is made by a biotechnology company in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, and a website seemingly linked to the company says it specializes in cockroach powder, mosquito liquid, mosquito pads, mouse powder and insecticide.
CBP posted a warning on its Web site cautioning about the potential dangers of such products. “In addition to posing a potential health and safety hazard, counterfeit goods are typically of poorer quality.” “Peeling labels on packaging, poor quality ink, or misprinting, and loosely packaged items may indicate that the product is not legitimate.”
CBP also offers a number of measures to prevent counterfeiting, such as reading other customers’ reviews and buying directly from brand-name retailers. If the price of a product is “too good to be true, it’s probably time to be suspicious.”