Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC:
Port Surveillance - 360,000 Violative Units Prevented from
Reaching Consumers in Q2 2012
August 9, 2012
U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) investigators continued to enforce product safety by
screening more than 3,700 imported products at ports of entry into the
United States and preventing more than 360,000 units of violative and
hazardous imported products from reaching the hands of consumers during
the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.
CPSC port investigators, working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
agents, successfully identified 319 different consumer products that
were in violation of U.S. safety rules or found to be hazardous, between
January 1 and April 30, 2012.
In the first half of fiscal year 2012, CPSC port investigators screened
more than 6,600 imported products at ports of entry and prevented more
than 1,000,000 units of violative or dangerous products from reaching
Continuing to top the list of products stopped were children's products
containing levels of lead exceeding the federal limits. This was also
the leading category of products stopped in the first quarter.
Second on the list was children's sleepwear that did not meet the
federal flammability standards.
Toys and other articles with small parts that present a choking hazard
for children younger than 3 years old also continued to be prominent in
the second quarter.
In addition to violative toys, children's sleepwear and other children's
products, other significant shipments stopped at import included
noncompliant fireworks and mattresses.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said the proactive work at the ports shows
CPSC is on the front lines protecting consumers.
"CPSC investigators are standing shoulder to shoulder with Customs and
Border Protection agents and working to prevent defective and violative
products from ever reaching store shelves and the hands of consumers,"
Chairman Tenenbaum said.
also said consumers can be confident that the state of product safety is
strong and built to last.
"The pilot risk assessment methodology that we are testing is aimed at
early detection and targeting of high risk products and repeat offenders
at import," Tenenbaum said. "I believe this will make CPSC even more
effective in using our limited resources."
During fiscal year 2011, CPSC inspected more than 9,900 product
shipments at the ports nationwide and stopped almost 4.5 million units
of violative or hazardous consumer products from entering the stores and
homes of U.S. consumers.
CPSC has been screening products at ports since it began operating in
1973.The agency intensified its efforts in 2008 with the creation of an
import surveillance division, and again in 2011 with the creation of the
Office of Import Surveillance and Inspection.