Seattle - Just in time for the frenzy that surrounds the Super Bowl, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators seized two containers filled with lead-contaminated toys at the Seattle waterfront.
The 2,932 cartons, containing 17,592 NFL Team Cleatus Robot Action Figures, were seized January 12 for containing six times the allowable amount of lead.
The toys are valued at more than $96,000; they originated in China, and were destined to a distributor in the Seattle area. Customs and Border Protection targeted the toys for an intensive examination.
Consumer Product Safety Commission staff tested the samples and found the toys contained unacceptable levels of lead in violation of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Laboratory analysis found the toys contained 1800 parts per million of lead; the acceptable level is 300 ppm.
"While our priority mission is to prevent terrorists and their weapons from entering the country, we are also responsible for keeping a wide variety of harmful products from reaching the American marketplace," said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Roland Suliveras Jr. "Lead-contaminated toys are one such product."
Customs and Border Protection partners with CPSC to prevent hazardous or harmful products from entering U.S. ports and reaching American consumers. In fiscal year 2009, at ports of entry across the country CBP, in coordination with CPSC, seized multiple shipments of lead-contaminated toys with an estimated domestic value of more than a million dollars.
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.