Although demand for medical gear increased during the epidemic, millions of dirty gloves were imported into the United States, CNN reported.
After a month-long investigation, CNN reported that warehouses in Thailand were “storing millions of nets and that second-hand nitrile gloves had arrived in the United States, according to import records and distributors who bought the gloves.”
CNN further reported that distributors were “trying to cash in on the demand for medical-grade nitrile gloves”, which were in high demand due to the epidemic.
Tarek Kirshen, a Miami-based businessman, ordered gloves worth about ২ 2 million and sold them to a U.S. distributor. He then started getting complaints because the gloves were dirty.
“These were reusable gloves. They were washed, reused, ”he told CNN. “Some of them were dirty. Some of them had blood stains. Some of them had dates from two years ago … I couldn’t believe my eyes.
An expert told CNN that a lot of bad products are coming. “There’s a lot of bad stuff coming in,” Stein said, “an endless stream of dirty, second-hand and low-quality gloves coming into the United States in which federal authorities, it seems, are just beginning to realize the huge scale.”
The import of medical supplies has been temporarily suspended due to regulations and it is still there.
The FDA has not commented on this particular incident, but said, “Several steps have been taken to find and close our authorized product vendors by investigating, testing and reviewing our experience in both cross-border and domestic trade.”
So far, an investigation is currently underway.
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