A Sad Result of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

You may have heard by now about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that went into effect February 10th. This law requires that all products — including clothes, toys, and even books — intended for sale to children 12 and under be tested for lead and phthalates. If the item isn’t tested and passed, it cannot be sold. This has no impact on new, mass produced products; anything new will be manufactured to comply with the guidelines. However, used and handmade items are presenting a big problem.

Thrift stores, most of which cannot afford to have their products tested, must throw away anything that isn’t tested. This means that tons of used toys and clothes are h


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8 Responses to A Sad Result of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

  1. Claire says:

    This isn’t strictly true. The CPSC issueda a clarification stating that this law was never intended to apply to second-hand sellers. Read it here: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html

    They don’t have to test their items, but aren’t allowed to sell things with a high lead content, so they need to be pretty sure that what they’re selling can’t/doesn’t have lead.

    It does still apply to the older gentleman you referred to though, which is too bad.

  2. Annie Jones says:

    I don’t know about your friends toys, but I think they have already exempted used clothing from this law.

  3. tammy says:

    It’s not been fixed at all. Congress hasn’t changed anything in their original writing of this law, it’s still in effect. Now the CPSC can say that 2nd hand sellers are exempt. But it’s not written into the law that they are. Our AG office says that they will follow what congress has issued. There are no exemptions until Congress re-writes it.

    It has also put us out of business and it has taken the reason to live from several grandmothers who knit and crochet for babies in NICU who can’t afford to test their products.

  4. PandaBean says:

    We had a new second-hand store go out of business here. They had just opened and sold specifically baby clothes and they were doing a great amount of business (it helped they were next to the crisis pregnancy center) and now they’re gone.

    God Bless!

  5. Anne Orlando says:

    “This has no impact on new, mass produced products; anything new will be manufactured to comply with the guidelines.”

    Excuse me? I own a screen printing company and this law is effecting everyone. You think it’s cheap and easy to switch everything you use to make things in order to comply with this insane law?

    By this time next year, we must have gotten rid of all of our inks and inventory in order to be in compliance. In this current economic crisis, many business who are having a hard enough time has it is, will be going out of business and many more jobs are going to be lost.

  6. Kathleen Morse says:

    Who’s going to lose financially when the Lead paint Mattel toys from China turning up in garage sales? You remember, China chastised the United States for much ado about nothing. Oh, now I remember, the CEO from Mattel made a public apology to the Chinese govt.for the fact that Americans had indeed overreacted and he was apologizing. Why couldn’t he say, We do not stand for products that we know will harm or kill our citizens and especially not children. Then they made laws to force the people they sold it to who were not protected by their govn’mnt because we need dumps and nobody else will buy, No new laws to protect them but many needed to protect us from liability it onSee we approved lead based paint be sold to paint house interiors and toys and tables and chairs and when the paint chipped & kids ate it they got brain damage and died& stuff so because it got real obvious we said When did this country become the cesspool where the crap that corporations CAN’T sell in other countries because they won’t allow it pollutes our world When someone plants GMo corn in Europe the town goes and tears it out of the ground.Banned. Our government says we don’t have the right to know. According to an NBC news report 80,000 items are on our shelves to be sold to us that are BANNED in other countries. If you ask me the apes are running our world.Some greedy souless vicious patriots have been throwing their slop to the citizens (What was the FDA thinking when the atmosphere was conducive to even ASK about synthetic rubber, when did they first pollute our food supply . 10 yrs ago the FDA had 1800+ agents who inspected 6 million carge shipments of food coming into this country. Hard gig then. This year the same number, give or take 1000 either way expect 25 million of these containers and they will inspect those with approx SAME number of agents. They expect to test 1 and a half – to 2 % of that amount.
    ]115 seconds after the ? was asked Not happening. Pink slime? Irradiation of flesh to assure us of no bacteria in flesh? How about take better care of the flesh, don’t let it get infected. Easy Peasy.

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