Toy Recalls - Toxic Toys Seized By Customs After Being Traced To China

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Toy Recalls - Toxic Toys Seized By Customs After Being Traced To China

Last month, in the news for toy recalls, more than 200,000 dolls which were imported from China were seized at U.S. ports around the nation by CPSC investigators and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, according to a recent news article at ABC Action News in Philadelphia. A total of ten shipments were seized at the ports of Chicago; Dallas; Memphis, TN; Portland, OR; Savannah, GA; Norfolk, VA; Newark, NJ and Los Angeles. The Customs and Border Patrol CTAC (Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center) had begun targeting incoming shipments in April, after identifying common factors connected with the hazardous dolls, which were determined to contain a chemical banned in the U.S., phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals which are often referred to as "plasticizers," and are used to make plastic products more difficult to break while making them more pliable. Phthalates are used in many products including lubricating oils, raincoats, vinyl flooring, garden hoses, and more. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said, in a press release regarding the confiscation of the dolls, that this case is an example of how the CPSC has used partnerships and modern technology to bolster its enforcement capabilities. Tenenbaum went on to say that the CPSC can better protect consumers in America through the use of advanced technology for tracking specific shipments before goods arrive on American shores. The dolls involved in the seizure were estimated to be worth nearly $500,000. According to CNN's website, it is believed the dolls were shipped for the Christmas holiday gift-giving season. While phthalates are used in other goods as mentioned above, the chemical's use has been banned, by Congress, in the making of children's toys. At Markem-Imaje, we realize the importance of having the ability to track and trace shipments, whether in a case like this in which products are being shipped into the U.S. and contain potentially dangerous chemicals, or in situations in which manufacturers must quickly issue a recall. Rely on Markem-Imaje for coding and marking systems, industrial traceability solutions, printing equipment, and more.

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