INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Express Consignment Operations hub at Indianapolis International Airport said Friday it’s seized thousands of unapproved or counterfeit COVID-19 test kits over 45 days.
The officers made two seizures of numerous plastic bags containing 4,650 COVID-19 test kits while examining a mail parcel manifested as “Test Kit Not Restricted,” U.S. Customs said in a news release. But, the
“The test kits are not approved for use in the United States and were turned over to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” the release said. ” Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic for illegal financial gain.”
The release did not say who had mailed the parcel or whether anyone is charged with a crime as a result of the seizures. A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately reply to a request for that information.
“The public should be aware of bogus home testing kits for sale either online or in informal-direct-to-consumer settings and the dangers that they may pose if not administered by medical professionals.”
James Moore, the port director in Indianapolis, in the release called the action “a big seizure” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Indianapolis is of U.S. Customs’ Chicago Field Office, which has made similar seizures of unapproved or counterfeit test kits in Louisville, Kentucky; Chicago; and Cincinnati.
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