NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Three thousand pairs of false eyelashes were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials after authorities determined they had been illegally imported from China to New Orleans. Orleans.
The four boxes of long eyelashes seized Tuesday at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans were destined for a local beauty store, agency spokesperson Matthew Dyman said in a statement.
They had not been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and were not labeled with the distributor’s name or the manufacturer’s name, he said.
This means there is no way of knowing whether the eyelashes have been exposed to disease during manufacturing or whether they have been stored properly and away from areas infested with insects, Dyman told The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate.
“We don’t know what’s on those eyelashes,” he said.
False eyelashes can be made of synthetic materials and are attached with an adhesive, and unregulated or hazardous materials can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation, or worse, Dyman said.
No company or person was named, the newspaper reported.
Unlabeled and un-FDA-approved false eyelashes are often seized in New Orleans, but officials said the shipment was “particularly large,” WVUE-TV reported.
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