U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission investigators have seized more than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China due to the high levels of phthalates. (Flickr User CBP Photography)

Hundreds of thousands of toy dolls were seized by federal officials at ports across the country, including Newark.

U.S. Customers and Border Protection (CBP) officers, as well as Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators, seized more than 200,000 dolls arriving from China. They contained high levels of phthalates, a group of banned chemical compounds.

The 10 seized shipments are valued at nearly $500,000.

“Using advanced technology to track certain shipments before they reach our shores is helping CPSC better protect America’s consumers,” said Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC Chairman. “CPSC and CBP are working in partnership to detect and detain violative imports."