New lead testing law angers small manufacturers, retailers

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On February 10th a controversial new consumer product law goes into effect. It requires manufacturers of goods aimed at children under the age of 12 to test their products for lead. It also forbids retailers to sell goods with unacceptable levels of lead. While that is certainly well-intentioned, small business owners say they don’t have the money to test their products. They worry the law, which is meant to protect children, will actually put them out of business. The Takeaway talks to Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Marilyn Seitz, owner of the not-for-profit Pennyworth Thrift Shop in Silver Spring, Maryland, for their take on the situation.


Marilyn Seitz and Scott Wolfson


Noel King and Katherine Lanpher

Comments [1]

Rosa Ergas

Is there anyone doing something to stop this from happening?
Please advise.

Rosa Ergas

Mar. 30 2009 08:27 AM

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