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Unsafe Holiday Rubber Ducks Seized by CBP in Los Angeles

Release Date: 
December 7, 2012

Over 35,000 rubber ducks seized by CBP in Los Angeles for containing excess of the limit of a CPSC regulated phthalate.

Over 35,000 rubber ducks seized by CBP in Los Angeles for containing excess of the limit of a CPSC regulated phthalate.

Los Angeles-They arrived from China dressed as Santa, Snowman, Gingerbread man, Reindeer and Penguin, all 35,712, but their cute holiday flair did not deflect the scrutiny of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists, at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

Working closely with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compliance investigators, CBP officials seized the holiday ducks on December 4, after determining that the toys, with a domestic value of $18,522, contained a regulated phthalate in excess of the limit which may be harmful to the health and safety of children.

The seized holiday rubber ducks came dressed as Santa, Snowman, Gingerbread man, Reindeer and Penguin.

The seized holiday rubber ducks came dressed as Santa, Snowman, Gingerbread man, Reindeer and Penguin.

Phthalates are a group of chemicals (oily, colorless liquids) that are used among other things to make vinyl and other plastics soft and flexible. CPSC regulation prohibits the sale, distribution or importation into the United States of any children's toy or child care article that contains concentrations of more than 0.1 percent of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), or benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP).

"This seizure reflects the unprecedented level of collaboration between CBP and CSPC professionals. CBP incorporates CPSC expertise directly in identifying potentially unsafe products arriving in shipments at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport," said Todd C. Owen, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.

Over the past four years, CPSC and CBP have stopped more than 8.5 million units of about 2,400 different toys and children's products due to safety hazards or the failure to meet federal safety standards. By seizing dangerous toys and children's products at U.S. ports of entry, CBP and CPSC keep unsafe products off store shelves and out of consumers' homes.

Import safety is a priority trade issue for CBP. The agency works with CPSC as well as nearly 50 other government agencies to enforce their import regulations and to stop unsafe and illicit goods from entering 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017