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Contaminated Baby Clothing Seized at Lewiston, N.Y.

Release Date: 
April 24, 2015

LEWISTON, N.Y. –  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Lewiston Bridge seized a shipment of baby clothing containing lead.

Shipment of baby clothing containing led

Shipment of baby clothing containing lead seized at Lewiston Bridge

On March 19, CBP officers, working in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, examined a shipment of children’s clothing manufactured in China.  Preliminary findings resulted in the discovery of possible lead contamination.  Samples were shipped to CPSC’s Product Testing and Evaluation Center who confirmed the clothing contained excessive amounts of lead on clothing components. The shipment was seized under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and will be destroyed. 

“Our close working relationship with CPSC prevented extremely harmful clothing from entering commerce and potentially prevented some serious health issues,” said Joseph Draganac, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo. 

Cooperative enforcement of the FHSA prevents harmful and dangerous products from entering the country.  Consumers should visit or call CPSC’s toll-free hotline at (800) 638-2772 to report dangerous products or to learn about product recall information.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017