Tuesday, February 10, 2009
A new act handed down by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has groups like the Goodwill pulling children's items off the shelves.
When first passed last year -- the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act mandated that all products for kids 12 and under be tested for lead and other chemicals by today...including clothing. The high cost of testing would have put all resale stores out of business.
Since then the CPSC has exempted second-hand and thrift stores from testing requirements, but they will still hold organizations like Goodwill legally responsible if they sell an item that turns out to contain lead.
The CPSC has agreed to wait a year in order to clarify language used in the new legislation. Until then the Goodwill has decided to remove many children’s items including clothing with metal clasps, fasteners and decorations. They will also be removing many toys with painted metal or painted wood.
Administrators admit this may cause the unnecessary removal of many items, but say the change is necessary to keep the Goodwill open for people searching for affordable options in these tough economic times.