Cus­toms of­fi­cers seize rub­ber ducks

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia seized nearly 36,000 Chi­nese rub­ber ducks that con­tain lev­els of a chem­i­cal that may be un­health­ful for chil­dren. The ducks dec­o­rated as San­tas, Snow­men and other hol­i­day fig­ures were seized Tues­day by of­fi­cers at the ports of Los An­ge­les and Long Beach. The cus­toms agency said Fri­day that it worked with the U.S. Con­sumer Prod­ucts Safety Com­mis­sion in de­ter­min­ing that the ducks con­tain an ex­ces­sive level of a reg­u­lated ph­tha­late, a chem­i­cal used to make vinyl and plas­tics flex­i­ble. The rub­ber ducks were val­ued at more than $18,000. se­ri­ous enough to war­rant plac­ing him on sui­cide watch, but “I felt that I needed not to take that com­ment lightly, and I didn’t.”

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