LOS ANGELES - They arrived from China dressed as Santa, Snowman, Gingerbread man, Reindeer and Penguin -- all 35,712 -- but their cuteness couldn't get them by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex.

Working with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compliance investigators, CBP officials seized the holiday ducks Tuesday after determining the toys, with a domestic value of $18,522, contained a regulated phthalate in excess of the limit which may be harmful to the health and safety of children.