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Two mn Chinese-made Carnival items seized

'Very dangerous' for kids, police say

24 February, 14:05
Two mn Chinese-made Carnival items seized (ANSA) - Rome, February 24 - Italian police on Monday seized more than two million Chinese-made Carnival items including costumes, toys and make-up they said were "very dangerous" for kids because of the toxic substances they were made of.

Four Chinese-born businessmen were cautioned after raids on four warehouses on the outskirts of Rome.

Police said the entrepreneurs were planning to flood the Rome market for children's festive gear during the annual nationwide Carnival which ends on 'Martedì Grasso' (Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday) on March 4, the day before Ash Wednesday. The Catholic feast is the first day of Lent, the six-week period of self-denial and repentance preparing for the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.