A reader writes:

‘In light of reports that “Seized counterfeit goods given to evacuees” I would enjoy hearing feedback regarding the humanitarian aid benefit versus the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the subsequent destruction of goods to prevent their use in commerce; particularly in the U.S. Moreover, what about the fact that toys and dog food are among the counterfeit items being distributed. Aren’t there inherent dangers from a lack of quality control?’

If any of our readers are aware of similar instances when Customs has distributed seized goods for consumption, and are familiar with what steps Customs takes to ensure safety, please email us and we’ll post.