February 4, 2009

Chemical rules in kids products cause panic

The incoming anti-toxic chemical rules in children's products, which will become effective February 10, is causing several protests this week especially in NYC.

The rules are part of the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) which was passed last year as a result of the massive recalls of toys and other consumer good products tainted with lead and other supposed toxic chemicals.

For lead content and pthalate limit rules, manufacturers and importers are required to issue testing and certification that newly manufactured or imported childrens products for 12 years old and under comply with the requirements.

The problem, according to several manufacturers, retailers and small business owners, is that existing inventory products that have not been tested or certified on their lead or pthalate content should no longer be sold or distributed. Products can include toys, garments, kids' furniture, jewelry, accessories and even books.

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