Thursday, January 08, 2009

Goodwill Industries: Swatted by the Feds

We mentioned that there's a new Gummint regulation coming into effect early in February which will effectively put mom/pop toymakers out of business.

That's not the only effect.

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.

The new regulations take effect Feb. 10 under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which was passed by Congress last year in response to widespread recalls of products that posed a threat to children, including toys made with lead or lead-based paint.

HT: Dreher

3 comments:

Amy said...

Great. So those of us who safe money by buying clothes at thrift stores are screwed.

Dan said...

Government at work. And these fools, including Bush and the RINO's are just screwing poor people. Again.

Anonymous said...

Boy,

And look how helpful their clarification is:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html