Monday, February 21, 2011

Last-Minute Effort to Derail Consumer Product Safety Commission

Last month, Public Citizen reported (here) that the Consumer Product Safety Commission is set to launch a web-based public database containing consumer complaints about products. That is good news. Unfortunately, business interests are working behind the scenes to ditch the program. Now, the New York Times is reporting that "emboldened by a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, manufacturers of toys and other children’s products are making a last-ditch effort to quash new safety regulations," particularly the new public database. The NYT story (by Andrew Martin) appeared in print on February 22, 2011, on page B1 of the New York edition. You can find it online here or by searching the phrase "Child-Product Makers Seek to Soften New Rules" on Google.

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