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As health related products are presented daily at local ports of entry for import, U.S. Customs and Border officers are always keeping an eye out to make sure that only those that meet federal safety requirements; that vigilance paid off this week.
CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americas commercial import facility at the El Paso port of entry inspected items in a shipment that were manifested as pyrometers (infrared forehead thermometers) with a value of over $7,000.
The thermometers were found to be non-compliant with Food and Drug Administration regulations, and the shipment was seized pending further investigation.
“As part of trade enforcement and compliance, officers are constantly on the lookout for counterfeit and non-compliant products,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha.
“These thermometers may not measure body temperature accurately and could give false readings; this could have serious consequences.”
In addition to its own regulations, CBP enforces over 400 laws on behalf of over 40 other U.S. Government agencies. A large number of these import restrictions and requirements are designed to protect the American people from dangerous and illegal goods.