FDA’s Huge Counterfeit Vape Haul.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the FDA, have recently seized a shipment of over 30 thousand counterfeit and unauthorised e-cigarettes during transit from China to Texas.
In a continued effort to ‘intercept counterfeit or other violative e-cigarettes’ that fail to meet consumer protection standards, the FDA and dedicated border protection officers are pooling their resources.
These counterfeit devices were found in excess of 40-plus shipments, were valued at over $700,000, and seemed to be replicas of Puff Bar products; a brand that has already received calls to remove its flavoured disposable e-cigs from the market.
Through strict enforcement of trading standards and a thorough customs process, the CBP seized over 90,000 counterfeit e-cigarettes in 2020 alone.
However, countless more fake and potentially harmful products find their way into the hands of unknowing vapers, an issue of which the FDA is alarmingly aware.