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More than 40,000 fake condoms seized in Puerto Rico

More than 40,000 fake condoms seized in Puerto Rico
Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 21:20:54-04

More than 40,000 counterfeit condoms were seized in Puerto Rico in a period of 5 days by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The condoms were imported into Puerto Rico from China.

According to a release, CBP wants to alert consumers that "counterfeit condoms, as well as cosmetics and beauty products, unlike legitimate brands, are not subject to strict quality controls and may contain substances that could lead to long-term health problems."

In the past, CBP has seized fake cosmetics that contain dangerous substances like arsenic, mercury, lead, urine and rat droppings.

“The trafficking of counterfeit goods is simply illegal and in some cases, as this, it becomes a problem of public health,” said Ricardo Mayoral, a special agent who oversees Homeland Security Investigation operations throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.