Peru seizes Chinese toys

Raid unearths smuggled toys believed to contain toxic, lead-based products.
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Peruvian police have seized more than 60 tonnes of Chinese toys smuggled from Chile believed to contain toxic products.

According to the report on Daily Times, the toys were due to be sold in Lima markets.

A warehouse in Lima was targeted last Thursday as part of Operation Toys Against Death. The Chinese-made toys from China, Malaysia and Taiwan had been smuggled across the border from Chile.

"The toys show signs of having been made with toxic substances such as lead," Police Chief Walter Rivera said, adding that the health ministry was analysing the products.

Chinese-made toys have steadily increased their share of Peru's toy market from 56.5 per cent in 2000 to 78.1 per cent last year. A study by the Catholic University's Business Center valued imports at $45.4 million.

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