20,000 Phony Oral-B Toothbrush Heads Seized By Philadelphia CBP

Phony toothbrush heads seized in Philly.
Image of phony Oral-B toothbrush heads from CPB.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, announced today that its agents had recently seized more than 20,000 counterfeit Oral-B brand toothbrush heads in Philadelphia.

In its press release announcing the seizure, the agency said that its officers became suspicious after noting what appeared to be poor packaging of the products. In-house trade experts contacted the company, which confirmed the agents' suspicions.

The toothbrush heads were valued at more than $95,000 and were being sent to Delran, New Jersey.

Counterfeit toothbrush heads, say experts, pose a risk to consumers in a variety of ways:

  • They are often manufactured in unclean facilities.
  • Cheap materials can sicken users or cause bleeding gums.
  • The toothbrush heads can break, posing a choking risk.
Counterfeit health care products like these phony toothbrush heads are, unfortunately, not rare, but are part of a much larger problem. CBP says that on a "typical" day in 2018 its agents seized $3.7 million worth of bogus goods.