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[individual eyelashes]3,000 pairs of illegally imported false eyelashes seized by U.S. Customs at New Orleans airport

  Federal agents on Tuesday seized a shipment of 3,000 pairs of fake eyelashes at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport that had been illegally imported into the U.S., authorities said.?

  The eyelashes, which were destined for an unnamed beauty supply store in New Orleans, were unlabeled and had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making them a safety concern, said U.S. Customs spokesperson Matthew Dyman.?

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered the 44-kilogram shipment at?the DHL Express cargo terminal at the airport. An inspection determined the eyelashes, which had been shipped from China, hadn’t gone through the FDA approval process, according to Dyman.?

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 3,000 pairs of false eyelashes at the New Orleans airport that had been illegally imported from China on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.?

  Photo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  False eyelashes can be made of synthetic products and are attached using adhesive placed on the eyelid, Dyman said. If unregulated or dangerous materials are used, that could lead to allergic reactions, eye irritation or worse.?

  The boxes also had no labels indicating the name of the manufacturer, where the eyelashes were made, how they were packaged or who distributed them, according to the agency.

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  Without that information, consumers can’t be assured of the product’s quality, authorities said. They don’t know, for instance, whether the eyelashes had been exposed to disease during manufacturing, whether they were stored properly or kept in areas with a massive insect infestation.

  More than $80,000 worth of counterfeit Louis Vuitton and MAC products were seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in New Orle…

  ”There’s no telling what’s on these eyelashes,” Dyman said.?

  U.S. Customs seized the boxes, but no business or individual has been cited.

  Dyman suggested eyelash consumers carefully inspect the packaging before making a purchase to ensure that the product is FDA-approved and has appropriate manufacturer labels.?

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