Detroit - As part of a joint effort with investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Port of Detroit seized a container of plastic toy guns. After the toy guns were seized, a CPSC lab analysis showed that the Chinese-origin toys contained unsafe levels of lead.
"There's been a very concentrated, concerted effort by both CBP and the CPSC to work cooperatively to examine, sample and test shipments of goods to prevent any consumer product that presents a substantial hazard from entering the commerce of the United States," said CBP Port Director, Roderick Blanchard.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires importers to test and certify that imports of children's products are in compliance with CPSC requirements. It is unlawful to import into the U.S. any children's product that contains lead with more than 90 parts per million of lead paint or more than 100 parts per million of total lead content.
"We actively target hazardous children's products throughout the year," said CPSC Director of Import Surveillance Carol Cave. "Cutting edge joint programs, now in place with CBP, can give U.S. consumers more confidence that products on our shelves are safe."
The CPSC is one of many federal agencies whose rules and regulations are supported and enforced by Customs and Border Protection as goods enter the country at ports of entry around the country.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.