- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Houston say they have seized more than 6,000 children’s backpacks and lunch bags after testing of the items found they had unacceptable levels of lead.

Officials say the backpacks and lunch bags came from China and were destined for the U.S. marketplace.

Testing of one of the seized shipments found that metal zippers on the backpacks and lunch bags had lead levels ranging from 900 parts per million to 15,000 parts per million. The lead content threshold level under the Federal Hazardous Substance Act is 100 parts per million.

Customs and Border Protection Port Director Dave Fluty says the seizures “reflect our commitment to protecting American consumers from hazardous, harmful products.”

The backpacks and lunch bags were set to be destroyed.


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