CBP Officers Seize Children’s Toys Found to Contain Lead
CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 190 toy finger puppets after it was determined that they contained excessive amounts of lead.
Yesterday, CBP officers at the Port of Champlain seized 190 toy finger puppets after coordination with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Officers had targeted the shipment of toys that originated in Ottawa, Ontario and was destined to a distribution center for future consumer purchasing. After examining the products, the shipment was detained and a sample was sent to the CPSC for further lead contamination tests. Subsequently, the shipment was seized and sent for destruction due to the lead-positive lab results within the finger puppets.
“Our CBP officers are our first line of defense and this seizure of lead contaminated toys proves their commitment to ensure the safety of American consumers,” stated Area Port Director Steve Bronson. “We have a great partnership with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and together we were able to keep these contaminated toys out of the hands of our children.”
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