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U.S. Customs & Border Protection Seizes Children's Humidifiers with Fraudulent UL Markings

Release Date: 
March 11, 2013

SAVANNAH, GA—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the port of Savannah has seized 3,400 children's humidifiers with a Manufactures Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $112,696.00 found labeled with fraudulent Underwriters Laboratory (UL) markings.

CBP officers discovered the shipment of children's humidifiers in a container that was selected for exam. While conducting the inspection, officers discovered the retail packaging marked with the fraudulent UL listing. Products bearing a false UL certification have not been approved by UL and could pose a health and safety hazard to consumers.

Underwriters Laboratories® is an independent not for profit product safety certification organization that tests products for safety. UL evaluates products and its components to promote safe living and working environments by the application of safety science and hazard-based safety engineering. Consumers of products which bear the recognized UL label are confident that the item meets safety standards without posing a risk to the end user. Millions of products and their components are tested to UL's Standards for Safety. Only those items which pass its testing are allowed to mark their products with the UL label.

Area Port Director Lisa Brown stated, "This seizure demonstrates the commitment CBP has with its partner agencies to work as one government at the border and keep the American public safe. Ensuring the safety of imported merchandise is a top priority for CBP."

To address the ongoing threat to domestic industries and the need to identify and interdict counterfeited goods, CBP works closely with private industry, U.S. government agencies and foreign governments to stem the flow of illegal goods to protect consumers and the economy.

 

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017