LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Over 35,000 rubber ducks were seized at the Port of Los Angeles this week before they could reach shelves this holiday season because of a potential hazard to children, officials said.
The lot of Santa, snowman, gingerbread man, reindeer and penguin decorated ducks was seized on Tuesday after a compliance investigation by Customs and Border Patrol officials found that the toys contained an excess amount of harmful chemicals.
The toys contained high levels of phthalates, which are oily, colorless liquids using in the making of vinyl and other soft and flexible plastics. The chemical is banned from being sold, distributed or imported to the United States, especially in children’s toys.
The sale value of the confiscated ducks is estimated to be about $18,500.
Over the past four years, CPSC and CBP have stopped more than 8.5 million dangerous and hazardous toys and children’s products from ports across the nation.
“By seizing dangerous toys and children’s products at U.S. ports of entry, CBP and CPSC keep unsafe products off store shelves and out of consumers’ homes,” customs officials said in a press release.