By: Angela garrity
The Newark Post is reporting that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia seized counterfeit JUUL products headed for a Newark address postmarked from China. The Feds confiscated the items on April 1st that were labeled as “plastic pipe sample”, but actually contained 1,152 counterfeit JUUL pods, three chargers and a JUUL battery device.
If these items were indeed authentic, they would have been valued at $4,700.
CBP spokesman Stephen Sapp said that phony products are often manufactured in unfettered facilities and with second-rate materials. All of which can pose an even greater danger to consumers because there is no way to verify the authenticity or the safety of the product’s ingredients.
“One of the chief reasons why Customs and Border Protection takes intellectual property rights enforcement so serious is because of the potential health and safety threats counterfeit goods like these electronic nicotine products pose to American consumers,” Casey Durst, CBP Director of Field Operations in Baltimore, said in a prepared statement. “CBP will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to identify and seize counterfeit merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers.”
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