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The COVID-19 test kits were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and prohibited from entering the country.

COURTESY PHOTO: KGW - Federal investigators seized 100 coronavirus test kits being shipped from China to a Portland apartment complex.Federal investigators seized 100 coronavirus test kits being shipped from China to a Portland apartment complex, according to a federal search warrant. The coronavirus test kits were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and prohibited from entering the country.

On March 18, U.S. Customs intercepted the shipment containing four white boxes labeled "COVID-19 SARS-COv-2) Antibody Test Kit (Collodial Gold)" at the FedEx International Mail facility in Memphis, Tennessee. Each box contained 25 individual kits, for a total of 100 test kits.

An invoice seized as part of the shipment listed the purchaser as a Portland resident, wrote FDA special agent Hilary Rickher in a federal search warrant affidavit.

This KGW story is shared as part of a local media project to increase COVID-19 news coverage.

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