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U.S. law bans plasticizer, limits lead levels

Published by Steve Coleman on August 03, 2011

New U.S. legislation aimed at limiting lead levels in children's products and a ban on a plasticizer is expected to reach the White House for approval sometime this week.

While the new rules set lead levels for goods that will end up in children's hands - and mouths - legislators also spelled out some exemptions, including used children's products.

Phthalate esters added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity will also be banned under the new rules.

Other changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act include category-wide exclusions for ATVs, dirt bikes, bicycles and printed materials. It also switches the onus on lead levels on all other goods to the point of manufacture.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved the latest update to Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act on Aug. 1.

If the bill receives White House approval, the consumer product safety commission will have to collect public recommendations on third party testing. Suggestions will include ways to reduce cost and whether or not the new legislation creates any redundancy with existing testing standards.
Small-batch manufacturers may also have exceptions on required tests.

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