U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati recently sidelined more than 300 shipments of counterfeit and unapproved drugs, cosmetics and liposuction machines.
Customs joined forces with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) criminal investigation officers and consumer safety officers for a collaborative blitz called “Special Operation Safe Passage” during the last week of April.
The agencies have targeted FDA-regulated products such as COVID-19 drugs and test kits, prescription drugs, medical devices and beauty products that could be ineffective or dangerous if they circumvent the requirements, said customs in a press release.
The 318 shipments of goods seized or refused in Cincinnati included banned and counterfeit cancer drugs, human growth hormones, cosmetics, injectables, fillers and fat reduction devices.
Contraband directed to addresses throughout the United States
The goods originated from countries in Europe and Asia and were destined for addresses throughout the United States.
The combined value of the contraband would have been over $ 1.23 million if it had been genuine and FDA approved, according to the press release.
â(Customs) is focused on protecting U.S. citizens from mislabelled, counterfeit, or unapproved drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices by disrupting the importation of these illegal and potentially harmful products and removing them from our chain. ‘supply,’ Cincinnati port manager Richard Gillespie said in the Liberation.
âOur officers and specialists enforce hundreds of laws for numerous partner agencies and are committed to ensuring the health and safety of American citizens.â