Friday, August 22, 2008

Are Toys Safer Now?

Following the unprecedented pull out of toys containing leads, among others, last year, there will soon be a mandatory federal mandate which will order how many children’s products are made before they are displayed and sold in stores.

The President has signed into law a consumer product safety measure that sets new stringent standards for lead and chemical contents in toys or products intended for children below 12 years of age.

It requires compulsory safety tests and provides it ways to keep kids safe in the event of another recall of the products from the market.

Said the White House Deputy Press Secretary, "this bill will help to ensure that products Americans find on their store shelves are safe and that the regulating agencies have the resources they need to enforce law.”

"This has become an increasingly difficult and complex job as more imports from more nations are now sold in the United States than ever before. Although we had some concerns with the bill, we're pleased that Congress included some recommendations from the President's Action Plan for Import Safety."

Consumer groups such as Consumers Union, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and Public Citizen, among others said that more than 27,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from products under the purview of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to a February 2008 joint release from consumer groups, there were 473 recalls during the 2007 fiscal year. Among them were 25 million toys recalled because of lead paint, magnets and other concerns.