Toys containing lead, unsafe Christmas lights seized at Puerto Rico port

Two shipments containing more than 1,400 dangerous toys and at least 3,500 unsafe Christmas light fixtures were seized at the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, by U.S Customs and Border Protection officers recently.

The shipments were reportedly from China and valued at an estimated $50,000.

According to a CBP press release, the toys were found to contain hazardous levels of lead, which is unsafe for children, and the Christmas light fixtures violated federal safety regulations protecting against overheating and lacked features preventing fires or electric shocks.

Working closely with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, both shipments were targeted for physical inspection. After a joint exam was conducted, the CPSC laboratory analysis determined that the toys contained lead in excess of the limit which may be harmful to the health and safety of children and the lights did not undergo a valid evaluation for potential risk of fire, shock and personal injury.

“This interagency collaboration between CPSC and CBP truly exemplifies working together as one U.S. Government at the border to protect American consumers,” said Edward Ryan, assistant director of trade for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, in the release. “We’ll continue to leverage these agency partnerships to drive greater trade facilitation and product compliance to protect the public.”