Officials seize thousands of counterfeit refrigerator water filters shipped from China

Authorities on Monday announced the seizure of more than 5,200 counterfeit refrigerator water filters at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport in a shipment from China.

“If genuine, the seized filters would have had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $224,202,” said Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officers assigned to the seaport complex found the items in a July 2 shipment arriving from China with a final destination in the state of Washington, Ruiz said.

The items were seized after import specialists confirmed that the filters infringed Brita, GE, Frigidaire, PUR and NSF certification protected trademarks.

An agent inspects the counterfeit items. Photo courtesy CBP.

An agent inspects the counterfeit water filters. Photo courtesy CBP.

NSF International is an accredited, third-party certification body, which tests and evaluates products to public health and safety standards, Ruiz said.

Products certified by NSF have been tested, evaluated and determined to comply with specific standards, policies and procedures.

The water filters seized contained counterfeit NSF certification markings printed on the products, and had not been evaluated, tested or certified by NSF, Ruiz said.

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