Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Update on the Consumer Product Safety Act

Last January, I posted a series of notes about the on-going controversy over the Consumer Product Safety Act and its regulation of lead levels in toys. (Click on the topic "Consumer Product Safety Commitssion" on the right side panel to access those articles.) Eventually, the Commission stayed the enforcement of the new law. Today, the PopTort blog has posted an update. It states, in part, (including links in the origianl post): "Incredibly, toys with illegal lead levels continue to be sold in discount stores, showing how all the more urgent it is that this law is enforced. Unfortunately, the Consumer Products Safety Commission is STILL dragging its feet with respect to providing guidance to smaller enterprises (like home businesses and libraries) as to how the law applies to them—and the longer that goes on, the more apparent it becomes that the agency’s inaction is part of a deliberate attempt to sabotage the law. . . . . [W]e can only conclude after all this time that the corporate shills within the CPSC (like former Director of Consumer Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and current CPSC head, Nancy Nord, who has always loathed this law) are intentionally trying to kill the CPSIA—at the expense of kids." For the full article go here.

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