U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that they've seen an increase in unapproved, counterfeit, or non-FDA compliant COVID-19 tests, hand sanitizer, facemasks, and mask filters crossing the border since the beginning of the pandemic.
CBP officers from the Santa Teresa port of entry said a 36-year-old man from Mexico was traveling into Mexico with a suitcase on May 16.
The man had 1,000 counterfeit COVID-19 Rapid Tests inside of the suitcase.
CBS said the the test kits were seized pending further investigation.
The day after CBP officers from the Ysleta port of entry said a 62-year-old woman from the U.S. had 1,000 facemasks, 2,740 mask filters, and 60 1-liter bottles of hand sanitizer.
CBS said all of the products were found to lack proper registration, labeling, and did not comply with criteria set by the Food and Drug Administration - all of the products were seized.
“Some appear to be exploiting the pandemic for financial gain, leaving the consumer at risk. These products may result in serious consequences to the consumer, whether that end user is in the United States or another country,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha, “CBP officers are committed to ensuring that all items being imported and exported meet critical health and safety standards.”