Health fears have been sparked after 40,000 fake condoms were confiscated
Health fears have been sparked after 40,000 fake condoms were confiscated over a period of five days.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued an alert warning people of the knock-offs, which can lead to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases as they do not meet the required safety standards.
In addition, some may contain hazardous elements and chemicals including heavy metals, which have previously been found in fake condoms from China.
In 2015 three million condoms were seized in Shanghai as part of a racket producing the potentially deadly items for 1p.
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With a value of £1.3million, the find contained toxic metals and some of the lubrication oil used caused police officers to be sick.
The latest find, discovered this week in Puerto Rico, was slammed by health authorities.
Other fake goods have previously been found to contain cyanide
Ricardo Mayoral, the special agent in charge who oversees HSI operations throughout Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Island, said: “The trafficking of counterfeit goods is simply illegal and in some cases, as this, it becomes a problem of public health.
“This illegal activity represents a triple threat as it delivers substandard and often dangerous goods into the economy, rob citizens of good-paying jobs, and generate proceeds that are often funnelled back into other criminal enterprises.
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This illegal activity represents a triple threat
“HSI will continue to work with its enforcement partners to combat the distribution of counterfeit products, like those seized in San Juan this week that could put unwitting consumers at risk.”
Other fake goods, ranging from cosmetics to beauty products, have previously been found to contain cyanide, arsenic, mercury, lead, urine and rat droppings.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued an alert warning
They can also lead to long term health problems as their ingredients are not monitored or regulated.
Vernon Foret, Acting Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, added: “Counterfeit and pirated products threaten our economic security and undermine legitimate businesses that invest significant resources into manufacturing safe, quality products.”
In 2015 three million condoms were seized in Shanghai
In a bid to crack down on the illegal importation of counterfeit goods the San Juan Trade Enforcement Coordination Center (TECC) was set up in January specifically designed to combat the lucrative trade.
The haul was seized in a joint operation between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).