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Friday, April 24, 2015

Shipment of Contaminated Baby Clothes
Seized at Lewiston Bridge

LEWISTON, N.Y. – Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Lewiston Bridge seized a shipment of baby clothing found to contain lead.

On March 19, CBP officers, working in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, examined a shipment of children’s clothing manufactured in China. Preliminary findings resulted in the discovery of possible lead contamination. Samples were shipped to CPSC’s Product Testing and Evaluation Center which confirmed that the clothing contained excessive and violative levels of lead on component parts of the clothing. The shipment was seized under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and will be destroyed.

Thursday, the shipment was seized under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and will be destroyed.

“Our close working relationship with CPSC prevented extremely harmful clothing from entering the commerce and potentially prevented some serious health issues,” said Joseph Draganac, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo.

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