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Brazil customs seizes a ton of human hair

17 December 2013, 19:47

Sao Paulo - Customs at Sao Paulo's international airport said on Tuesday they had impounded a cargo containing a ton of human hair from India worth about $400 000.

The importer declared the value of cargo - long pony tails held together with elastic bands and packed into boxes - "as just $15 000", a customs spokesperson told AFP.

"But during inspection it turned out the true value is $400 000."

Customs also said the importer "was not the real intended recipient of the human hair cargo".

The spokesperson did not reveal who the intended recipient was.

But he urged "consumers of this type of product always to ensure if the supplier respects National Sanitary Surveillance Agency requirements" on sterilizing and disinfecting imported hair.


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