CPSIA Update: Day of Destruction Arrives, or is it Day 365?

By August 14, 2009General, Regulations

From The Washington Times editorial page, “No more rhinestone cowboys“:

New regulations taking effect today make an awful new law even worse. Government is putting huge new burdens on retailers and manufacturers already reeling from a bad economy.

Treasured children’s books published before 1985 already have been removed by the thousands from library shelves and second-hand stores. Also suddenly illegal are many plastics used in children’s apparel (such as diapers) and toys. Rhinestones are definitely out, by specific bureaucratic edict. So are lots of children’s bikes and all-terrain vehicles. Even clothing zippers are in peril.

Charities are taking it on the chin, with the Salvation Army alone estimating that it will be forced to destroy $100 million of inventory and significantly cut back some of its social services.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which went into effect a year ago, today reduces the limit for lead content of 600 parts per million in children’s products — as the Times accurately describes, “an absurdly low threshold” — to 300 parts per million.

In addition, the requirement that all children’s products include a permanent tracking label becomes effective today.

More from Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, in Roll Call, “Paper Is the Right Choice for Clothes and Shoes: Marking One Year of the CPSIA“: “Crystals and rhinestones on children’s clothing, shoes, princess costumes, dance uniforms, cell phones, jewelry, accessories and eyeglasses are now banned hazardous substances despite a CPSC staff determination that this ‘bling’ does not pose a health risk to children.”

Wall Street Journal editorial, “Consumer Product Destruction.”

And for many more details about the harm the CPSIA has done to consumers, manufacturers, and common sense, see Rick Woldenberg’s passionately expressed and experienced reporting at his CPSIA blog.

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