WASHINGTON — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it seized 63 million used surgical and medical gloves imported into the country from China.
So far this fiscal year, CBP officials say they’ve also found that 2.1 million needles were hidden in a shipment of base metal scrap, nearly 2 million pellets used to make ammunition for gunpowder were found hidden in a shipment of textile scraps and more than 13 million pounds of machetes were found hidden in a shipment of bean bags.
The vast majority of seized medical and surgical gloves are confiscated during routine border inspections.
This included traces of chlorine in 11,000 gloves. CBP officials say chlorine can be harmful and harmful to humans and animals, and a wrong use can create the potential for a contamination that could lead to illness or death. CBP says the gloves found with chloroform during its sampling testing in June were manufactured for use in dermatology.
During the fiscal year that ended last September, $110 million worth of sterile surgical gloves was seized and sold at auction, and $56 million worth of second-hand, unsterile gloves were sold at an auction.
This story was reported with support from The Associated Press.