A Chinese toy manufacturer had an interesting present for Americans this holiday season — 200,000 dolls containing banned chemical compounds.
U.S. authorities have seized the dolls at several ports. The dolls contained high levels of phthalate, a chemical plasticizer used to make materials softer and more flexible.
Congress has banned the use of phthalate in children’s toys.
Since April, 10 shipments worth roughly $500,000 were taken from ports in Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Norfolk, Va.; Memphis, Tenn.; Newark, N.J.; Portland, Ore.; and Savannah, Ga. As of Tuesday, authorities had not identified the toy manufacturer.
The U.S. Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center has spearheaded the effort to keep the toys off the American market.
“Using advanced technology to track certain shipments before they reach our shores is helping CPSC better protect America’s consumers,” said Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.