July 30, 2008

The House passes ban on lead in children's products

Just a drive by blog post today. I am in the middle of a remodel project that has consumed nearly all of my energy. Soon, it will be done.

Anyway, the House passed a ban on lead in children's products and created THE toughest standard in the world. There is a phthalate ban too. They are expanding the CPSC's budget to enforce the standards.

I have grave concerns about the reach of this bill. It has to pass the Senate first.

Before I post my opinions. What do you think?

2 comments:

  1. It was mentioned in one of the comments on that link, but the sample that is sent to be tested may be free and clear; but that doesn't mean the maker won't pull a switch-a-roo when they make the finally product. And it isn't feasible to retest everything.

    It's a SUPER idea, but how they can affordably and effectively execute it puzzles me.

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  2. This is one of the biggest problems with overseas manufacturing. If at all possible there should be pre-production testing and a randomized post production testing. Certain products require in-line testing. One problem with Chinese manufacturing is the contractor will send stuff out to sub-contractors and they pull a switch-a-roo like you said. The use of sub-contractors makes it difficult to control quality.

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