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CBP Seizes $774K in Hazardous Massage Devices

Release Date: 
October 12, 2010

Los Angeles - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized 3096 low frequency massage devices containing electrical adapters with counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories (UL) markings.

CBP officers discovered that the electrical adaptor of the massage devices contained a counterfeit Universal Underwriters (UL) marking. UL is an independent organization that rigorously tests products for safety.

CBP officers discovered the infringing merchandise in a shipment arriving from China. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the 129 cartons of low frequency massage units is $774,000 with a domestic value of $588,240.

"Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States," said CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, Carlos Martel.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is an independent product safety certification organization that rigorously tests and evaluates products for potential risk of fire, shock, and/or personal injury. Products are not certified until they meet established standards.

Products bearing counterfeit (UL) certification marks have not undergone such a testing and certification process, and can present potential safety hazards to the end-user. These massage devices will likely be destroyed.

In fiscal year 2009, electrical articles presenting potential safety or security risks, with an estimated domestic value of $4.3 million, represented 13% of all commodities seized by CBP.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017