Consumer Protection Agency Inspecting Products At Ports
Wed, 03/05/2008 - 10:10am
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it will start deploying inspectors at U.S. ports to screen toys and other imports for potential safety hazards.
The agency said its new import surveillance division will test selected products for unsafe levels of lead. It will check for loose parts that could pose a choking risk to children. It will also inspect for faulty wiring in electric components.
The new unit will work with U.S. Customs agents. Before the change, U.S. Customs agents would conduct safety tests only at the request of the commission.
The move follows the recall last fall of millions of toys — most from China — because of lead or other hazards.