Monday, January 5, 2009

Illinois enacts new law to regulate lead paint in toys

On December 23, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law that requires toys, children's jewelry and baby items containing even small amounts of lead to have a warning label about the potentially toxic substance. The legislation is one of the nation's toughest warning label provisions. State law had already barred the sale of toys containing more than 600 parts per million of lead. Unfortunately, the new more stringent labeling does not apply until on Jan. 1, 2010. Not too long ago, the Chicago Tribune ran a long article on the dangers posed by lead paint in toys (available here). The article announcing the new law is available here.

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