Thursday, January 08, 2009

CSPC responds to thrift stores

I just had to post it before I got more emails. :) I am grateful a friend of mine emailed it to me.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html

CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in February
Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children’s Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores

The article is short, so you can go read it for yourself.

Here is what concerns me about this:

"The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties."

They are clarifying that the resellers do not need to have the certificates of conformity. They do not need to conduct tests of the products. That's cool.

However, it is still illegal to sell any of these items that exceed the limits--to the point that criminal charges and penalties are involved. How are stores supposed to know? Huh..."should avoid products that are likely to have lead content"...indeed! Avoid it or get a $100,000 fine and a felony charge!

Can't miss the last line though: "The agency has underway a number of rulemaking proposals intended to provide guidance on the new lead limit requirements."

I can't wait to see what they propose. Officially they have no authority to actually *change* the law...only the congress can do that.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm.... so I'm guessing they'll be avoiding taking in things adorned with puffy paint and the like. How much good ol' fashioned cotton contains lead? I would guess not much. It sounds like things may be headed in the right direction though, right? At least we are getting some clarifications.

    Like one of the commenters in your previous post stated about it being federally enforced. NO federal agent has time to be going around to every Once Upon A Child in the country with their little lead tester gun. Unless a kid gets sick and the parents nail down a particular object and have it tested, resellers are NOT going to have to face penalties.

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