Customs officers seize a shipment of fake medical socks

The federal government, it seems, has foiled another attempt to ship millions of dollars worth of allegedly fake socks to the Washington area.

After reading Tuesday’s announcement by Customs and Border Protection regarding what it said were counterfeit cotton footwear items, it can be easy to smile at the image of federal agents poring over the seizure of socks as part of their daily work.

The 165,707 pairs of suspected diabetic socks were seized on July 29 in the Norfolk area as they were heading to Loudoun County, Virginia. Had they been genuine, they would have been valued at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $2.6 million, CBP officials said.

According to CBP, the health and safety of users may have been affected by counterfeits, the agency said. In fact, according to CBP, they were “counterfeit cotton diabetic socks.”

“Diabetic socks are specialty socks that are non-elastic to reduce pressure and swelling, eliminate chafing that can cause discomfort, and help keep the patient’s foot dry,” CBP said. . “Any level of substandard manufacturing can seriously endanger the health and well-being of patients with diabetes.”

Specifically, CBP said, these imported socks “violated the Cotton Seal mark. ”

It was unclear from CBP’s announcement if or in what way the seized socks deviated from standards.

Another shipment of counterfeit socks, worth nearly $2 million, was seized last month by CBP in the Port of Norfolk-Newport News area, the agency said.

The agency said in its Tuesday announcement that it has no intention of dragging its feet to prevent allegedly counterfeit goods from entering the United States. But he seemed to recognize the inherent possibility of fun in coercive action.

The announcement featured a headline reporting that CBP officers in the Norfolk area had seized a second “large shipment of fake socks”.

It seemed likely that the author was aware of the potential of these words to challenge “She sells shells by the seashore” in the lingual dexterity contest.

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