(CMR) A total of 6,080 fake masks were seized in the United States on Sunday (December 6), they were destined for Jamaica.
According to the Miami Herald, the masks were seized after a discrepancy was discovered, with customs officers noting that the labels on the boxes containing the masks did not match the paper work.
It is understood that the boxes were labelled “made-in-the-USA 3M Disposable Respirators Model 8210 N95” however, the shipment’s paperwork suggested that the items actually originated in Hong Kong.
Upon further investigation it was determined that the masks were fakes from China.
According to customs, real masks would have been worth $6,688 or $1.10 per respirator.
Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie in a statement said it was important to find and seize such shipments which would otherwise be sold to unsuspecting consumers.
“Counterfeit masks like these are not tested using the same quality control standards as the genuine product, and it is unlikely they will perform in the same manner as the genuine product was designed to do,” added Gillespie.