It’s for the children… Big Government protects the children, even if you won’t.
They may have had better luck on Santa’s sleigh, but more than 35,000 holiday-themed rubber ducks from China were detained by U.S. Customs officials at the Port of Los Angeles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized the ducks — dressed as snowmen, gingerbread men, penguins and reindeer — which were valued at $18,522, after determining they contained the chemical phthalate in excess of the limit which may be harmful to children.
Phthalates are used to make vinyl and other plastics soft and flexible, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. Consumer officials prohibit the sale, distribution and import of any child’s toy or child care item that contains concentrations of more than 0.1% of phthalate.
In the last four years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Customs and Border Protection stopped more than 8.5 million units of about 2,400 different toys and children’s products due to safety hazards or failure to meet federal safety standards, officials said.
So if the Border patrol has time for this, what about the illegals pouring across our southern borders?
Hey I don’t know whether the ducks are harmful or not, but I do bet these coppers don’t either.
You got to pay, government says, even though the laws vary from country to country, no one really seems to know what level of Phthalates are harmful.
The problem with substitutes….
There are numerous biological alternatives on the market. The problem is that they are typically expensive and not compatible as a primary plasticizer.
A plasticizer based on vegetable oil has been developed which uses single reactor synthesis and is compatible as a primary plasticizer. It is a ready substitute for dioctyl pthalate.
What would government do without our money?