Rubber ducky, you’re not the one; chemically tweaked toys nabbed

10 Dec
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Disguised as Santa, this little duckie is juiced up on an illegal amount of a chemical, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday, Dec. 7 the seizure of more than 35,000 toy ducks decked out in holiday outfits but also containing unsafe levels of a substance used to make vinyl soft and pliable.

The value of the ducks seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport is estimated at $18,522. They were done up as Santa, a snowman, gingerbread man, a reindeer and a penguin. Cute, but apparently crafted with excessive amounts of a unpronounceable chemical.

An acronym-filled news release said the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents worked with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compliance investigators and determined the duckies had “contained a regulated phthalate in excess of the limit which may be harmful to the health and safety of children.”

There’s more: “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).”

Got that?

Anyway, these chemically overdone ducks won’t make it to market, much less anyone’s bathtub.

BY Richard K. De Atley



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