There is a new law that will effect on February 10, 2009 -- the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. This act will require ALL PRODUCTS that are intended for children under 12 to be tested for lead.
This will hit everyone from moms who make cloth diapers to sell on-line, to thrift stores, consignment shops, and yes, even curriculum suppliers. Those who fail to provide certification of government-approved safety ratings will face huge fines ($100,000 per incident) and possible jail time.
This is absolutely insane.
According to what I have read,
The cost of having a single wood block tested is $150. To have a wooden baby's teething rattle tested would be $4000. Even books, DVDs, clothing, handmade toys or blankets, children's clothing, the bags items are packed in and sold in, etc come under this new law. ANYTHING that comes into contact with a child under 12 years of age is required to be tested and certified.
The only businesses who can handle this sort of cost will be the huge corporations. Small businesses will not.
Please take a few minutes to talk to your senators and representatives!
Emily from Laundry and Lullabies has a wonderful post. It is women like her who will be forced out of business!
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