Monday, July 27, 2009

Maggie’s Baby Products Pass Safety Inspection

In August 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) with limits on the amounts of lead, phthalates, and other chemicals in children’s products that went into effect on February 10, 2009:

As of February 10, 2009, it is illegal for ANYONE (manufacturer, importer, retailer) to sell ANY children’s product (toys, clothing, books, games, furniture, etc… intended for children 12 years old and under) with a lead content of more than 600 ppm (parts per million); that level then drops to 300 ppm on August 14, 2009. In addition, a regulation of phthalates (chemicals usually released from soft plastics/vinyls) also goes into effect limiting the amounts and types of phthalates in only certain children’s products (toys that can fit in a child’s mouth and products that facilitate in the care of a child, like feeding and sleeping).

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is in charge of enforcing these regulations, and over the past few months up to this very day, their policies of what (products), how (requirements), and when (deadlines) have been in a constant state of revision as they try to best interpret the intentions of the law as well as balance the concerns and capabilities of the various and vast children’s product industries. Although the rules of enforcement have and will continue to change, the basic laws limiting the amounts of lead (in all children’s products) and phthalates (in toys and certain children’s products) currently remains the same.

Therefore, Maggie’s Organics wants to reassure our customers that all of our children’s products as of Feb 10, 2009 (children’s socks, tights, baby bodysuits, and stuffed animals), meet these standards. We have tested a sample of each size and color of all the children’s products that we currently had in stock as of that date for lead content as well as a number of other harmful chemicals. As we expected, each product passed with lead content levels BELOW “Levels of Detection” (<>

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