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).”
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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