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200,000 dolls from China are seized after tests show banned chemicals

Federal authorities said Tuesday that they have seized more than 200,000 children's dolls arriving from China at ports in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities after the toys tested positive for banned chemical compounds.

The dolls showed high levels of phthalates, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Ten shipments were seized from the ports of Los Angeles; Chicago; Dallas; Norfolk, Va.; Memphis, Tenn; Newark, N.J.; Portland, Ore., and Savannah, Ga.

The seizures began in April and concluded Oct. 20. Authorities said the dolls seized were worth about $500,000.

"Using advanced technology to track certain shipments before they reach our shores is helping ... better protect America's consumers," Inez Tenenbaum, head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in the news release.


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