Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – There are likely some troubled looting pirates looting Pittsburgh, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are just trying to make sure they are looting the city safely.
CBP officials grabbed medical eye
Patches in Pittsburgh that were
Not approved for use in the USA
This is because CBP officials on Saturday confiscated 3,740 potentially harmful medical eye patches that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified as not approved for sale in the U.S.
The patches initially arrived in two shipments from Hong Kong. The first shipment arrived on January 4th and consisted of 2,300 medical eye patches. The second shipment of 1,440 medical eye patches arrived on February 8th. Both shipments were destined for separate addresses in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Upon closer inspection, none of the packages contained any instructions or ingredients in English. CBP officials captured both shipments and provided FDA inspectors with photos and records of the medical eye patches.
The FDA found the products to be adulterated or mislabelled medical devices in violation of federal food, drug, and cosmetics law and ordered CBP to confiscate the eye patches.
Import specialists at the CBP Centers of Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts, valued the domestic value of the total amount of medical eye patches at more than $ 10,000.
“As our country’s border protection agency, Customs and Border Protection inspect imports on a daily basis to ensure that the consumer goods comply with all applicable US laws and do not harm American consumers. We take this responsibility very seriously, ”said Keith Fleming, assistant director of field operations at CBP in Baltimore. “CBP remains committed to working with our consumer safety partners in our shared mission to keep our citizens safe.”
CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations conduct the agency’s border security mission in our country’s ports of entry. CBP officials screen international travelers and cargo looking for dangerous drugs, unreported currencies, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, banned agriculture and other illegal products that could potentially harm the American public, US businesses, and the safety and economic vitality of our country.
On a typical CBP day last year, CBP processed 90,000 imports of imported goods valued at $ 6.64 billion at our ports of entry by air, land and sea.