On 31 January 2014, two subsidiaries of Ansell Ltd. entered into settlements with the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) to resolve charges that they had exported 65,000 pairs of industrial strength nitrile gloves from the US to Iran without authorisation. The gloves, worth about $73,500 in total, were exported on four occasions in 2008 and 2009 to Zhabeh Safety Co. in Tehran, according to BIS. BIS stated that the exports to Iran were made by the US-based company Marigold Industrial USA Inc. (“Marigold”), a predecessor to Ansell Protective Products Inc., with the assistance of its French affiliate Comasec SAS (“Comasec”). The alleged violations occurred before Ansell acquired Marigold and Comasec. Under the settlement, Ansell Protective Products Inc. and Comasec SAS agreed to pay civil penalties of $190,000.