Officials seize toys at port

Law enforcement officers seized a shipment of 156,000 children's toys from China that contained higher levels of lead and a chemical used in plastics than is safe, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department.

The toy dolls that had phthalates and lead above the legal limit were seized in a September shipment. Phthalates are chemicals used to make vinyl and other plastics soft and flexible, the department said.

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The Customs and Border Protection officers also seized knives with Marine Corps and Batman logos on them, according to the department. The shipment of 15,000 knives, worth about $187,962 if sold at the retail price, came from China to the port on December 10th. The knives violated trademark laws.

Federal agencies are continuing to investigate the two cases to see if administrative fines or criminal arrests are warranted.

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