Safety Law Will Effectively Ban Handmade Toys, Children Clothes

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Add this to long things of things that prove the adage: a new law taking effect February 10th requires all children's clothing and toys to be tested for lead and phthalates. Any product not tested by that day will be considered hazardious waste, regardless whether they contain lead.

Because testing costs thousands of dollars, many small manufacturers and even stores will be forced to close:

Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing.

The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven't been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead.

"They'll all have to go to the landfill," said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.

Moral of the story? Buy your kids clothes before February 10th - you may not be able to find 'em in many stores and probably won't find them in second-hand stores, either: Link | Find out more at the Handmade Toy Alliance

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Whoever voted for this law needs a BIG can of WHOOP-ASS opened on them. Just another way to screw up my country! Maybe there is some lead in there toilet paper!!!!!
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Two things:

1) This is not something you can pin on Bush. This was sponsored and babied through by the most liberal elements of the Democratic party. It is not a reflection of Bush, but on how moronic the whole political establishment is.

2) Beyond blog comments, I hope everyone has contacted their representatives asking for an exemption for small and thrift shops.
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I'm going to various web sites to find
out more information on this topic. More so,
trying to understand it!

I belong to a quilting guild and our concern
is: Will this law affect hundreds of Charity quilts
that we donate to children shelters?

Could someone help me on this Please?

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Get the government off the backs of native americans and other crafts people who sell clothes and toys

Lead is more likely from china..let's boycott China goods if the US is doing this to us!!!!
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