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More than half a million violative and hazardous imported products were stopped from reaching the hands of consumers in the first quarter of 2012 thanks to efforts by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

CPSC, working in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, were able to successfully identify consumer products that were in violation of U.S. safety rules or that were found to be unsafe. The agencies teamed up to screen nearly 3,000 imported shipments at different ports of entry in the U.S.

At the top of the list of intercepted products were children’s products containing excessive levels of lead and various other toys with small parts that present a safety hazard for young children. Other items included lamps and hair dryers.

“We mean business when it comes to enforcing some of the toughest requirements for children’s products in the world. If an imported product fails to comply with our safety rules, then we work to stop it from coming into the United States,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Safer products at the ports means safer products in your home.”

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