Feds Seize Rubber Ducks from China

Don't meet federal standards for certain chemicals


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.