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Feds Fine Toy Co. $100,000

January 11, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ High Star Toys Inc. will pay a $100,000 civil penalty for importing children’s toys and art materials that fail to meet federal safety standards for labeling and small parts.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the decision Tuesday, charged the company with importing for sale more than 55,000 toys and auxiliary materials, including toy telephones with small parts but no warning labels and stamp sets that did not identify hazardous ingredients.

None of the products, shipped between September 1995 and August 1999, were sent to stores but were stopped at the docks where they were imported or at High Star’s Los Angeles warehouse.

The Los Angeles-based company also signed a court order that prohibits trafficking in mislabeled hazardous substances.

High Star Toys admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. In 1995, the company paid a $45,000 civil penalty for importing toys with small parts.

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