Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Pharr Commercial Cargo Facility recently seized more than 1,500 baby pacifiers that were found to be unsafe for human use.
On February 3, CBP officers at the Pharr Commercial Cargo Facility came in contact with a commercial driver who declared a commercial shipment of baby pacifiers. The shipment totaled 2,500 pacifiers. After the initial examination, the shipment was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, CBP officers noted discrepancies with 1,550 of the baby pacifiers and continued with various examinations supported by enforcement officers from CBP's Import Specialist's office, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). All parties conducted their respective investigations that concluded 1,550 baby pacifiers in the shipment unsafe for human use. The unsafe pacifiers were seized by CBP on March 19. The remaining baby pacifiers in the shipment were found to be safe and released.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP Port Director, Pharr, Hidalgo and Anzalduas said, "This is one of the best examples that we can illustrate where several governmental agencies came together to investigate and identify a safe and an unsafe product." Mancha further said, "It is a great feeling to know that these unsafe products will no longer pose a danger to parents and to their babies."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.