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Baby clothes from China stopped at border contained lead

A shipment of pink baby clothes from China stopped at the Lewiston Bridge last month turned out to contain dangerous levels of lead, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Friday.

On March 19, Customs officers working in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, targeted a shipment of about 190 pink sleepers with the brand name “Tots Fifth Avenue.”

Preliminary tests indicated possible lead contamination and the clothing was detained. Samples were sent to the Comission’s product testing and evaluation center “which confirmed that the clothing contained excessive and violative levels of lead on component parts of the clothing,” a release from Customs and Border Protection said.

“The shipment was seized under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and will be destroyed,” the statement said.

Consumers were urged to visit or call the Safety Commission’s hotline at (800) 638-2772 to report dangerous products or to learn about product recall information.