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CPSIA Update

It’s been almost a year since I looked into the new legal requirements introduced by the CPSIA requiring lead testing in products manufactured for children.

To summarize: among other things, the new law was going to require those who manufacture products for children to certify that their product met certain minimal lead and phthalate limits. It would later require manufacturers to provide documentation from third-party laboratories that their products met these limits. Read more

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Criminal craftsmen and outlawed toys

I’ve been researching a forum post by Howard Acheson today that has alerted me to some information that might have an impact on you — especially if you sell wooden toys. Because some of it is time-sensitive, I thought I’d get it into a blog post ASAP:

There’s been increasing alarm over the looming implementation of certain parts of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The CPSIA was enacted in reaction to the 2007 lead scares that were tied to children’s toys and other products being imported primarily from China.

Among other things, the act, passed in August 2008, requires that manufacturers test and certify that any products intended for children aged 12 and under meet federal requirements for lead and phthalate content. Read more

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