CHICAGO – Customs agents have seized more than 1,000 prohibited COVID-19 testing kits at Chicago’s O’Hare International Aiport, officials said Friday.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have seen an increase in unapproved or counterfeit COVID-19 tests being shipped through the mail system. At the Chicago O’Hare’s International Mail Facility, which processes 20% of all the international mail coming into the United States, CBP has seized 11 shipments containing 1,147 prohibited test kits worth $10,847. Most of the kits seized came from Great Britain.READ MORE: CPS Reopens Schools To Kindergarten Through 5th Graders, But Situation Is Far From Normal
Customs officials say criminals are smuggling and selling counterfeit safety equipment, unapproved testing kits, medicines, and hygiene products to individuals.READ MORE: 'I’m Pretty Appalled By It': Franklin Park Party Shows Attendees Without Masks And No Social Distancing
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, U.S. Customs officials said in a news release.MORE NEWS: Housewares, Restaurant Association Shows Cancel Chicago Conventions Because Of COVID
Customs agents have seized prohibited products at other facilites in the midwest, including Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis.