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Chicago CBP Seizes Toys For Excessive Lead And Phthalates Content Before They Reached The Hands Of Children

Release Date: 
December 21, 2011

Chicago - During this season, there are more than Santa's helpers at work with Chicago CBP officers doing their job to make sure the holidays are safe for everyone this year. Recently, CBP officers seized imported toy shipments with high levels of lead and plastic phthalates from a Chicago-area warehouse before the merchandise was released into stores.

Chicago CBP seized this shipment of 47,700 FBI Play Sets found to contain excessive levels of lead.

"Many of our CBP officers work behind the scenes at cargo facilities, warehouses and in rail yards making sure that imported merchandise is safe to enjoy this holiday season," said Chicago CBP Director of Field Operations David Murphy. "They work with Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators to identify, examine and sample toys and other imported products to make sure they do not contain excessive levels of lead and other unsafe or hazardous materials. During this season of giving, our job is to secure this country from all that would harm it, which sometimes includes unsafe toys."

A shipment of FBI Action Play Sets arrived in Chicago from China and was seized in November by CBP officers after CPSC tested a sample which was found to contain excessive levels of lead. Lead poisoning in children may cause brain damage; delayed mental and physical development; attention and learning deficiencies; and hearing problems. The shipment of 47,700 FBI Action Play Sets was valued at more than $8,760.

Chicago CBP seized this shipment of 4,720 plastic light musical balls found to contain excessive levels of phthalates.

Also, a shipment of plastic light musical balls arrived in Chicago from China and was seized in November by CBP after CPSC tested a sample which was found to contain excessive levels of phthalates. In the case of excessive phthalates, smaller children might mouth or chew on this ball and contaminate their system with the phthalate plasticizer. The shipment of 4,720 toy balls was valued at more than $3,190.

During this season, CBP officers are working with CPSC investigators around the country to identify, examine, sample and test imported shipments that may be unsafe or hazardous. Collaboration between CBP and CPSC protects the consumer from hazardous and dangerous imported products. For more information on CBP regulations, visit the CBP website or the CPSC website. (CBP Website)(CPSC website )

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017