Toxic dolls from China seized by U.S. Customs

November 19, 2013 12:46:15 PM PST
More than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China valued at nearly $500,000 have been seized by U.S. Customs, Border Protection officers, and Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators.

Ten shipments were confiscated at the ports of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Norfolk, Memphis, Newark, Portland, and Savannah, Georgia.

The shipments were targeted beginning in April when it was found that the dolls contained high levels of phthalates, a group of banned chemical compounds.

Authorities say the shipments were seized since they presented a safety threat to the American public, particularly children, and contained items prohibited in the United States.

This story was reported by WPVI-TV, KTRK's sister station in Philadelphia.