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35,000 Toxic Rubber Ducks Seized at California Ports

December 10, 2012

More than 35,000 Christmas holiday rubber duck toys were seized at California ports due to a harmful chemical this week.

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reported Friday in working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators were able to seize 35,712 rubber duck toys from ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Tuesday.

Customs officials said the toy ducks from China, which were dressed as Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeer and penguins, contained higher-than-allowed levels of the chemical phthalates.

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