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Regulation, red tape & more expenses for small businesses–just what our economy needs!

Posted by Liberty on January 11, 2009

Tainted-toy law could hurt some small businesses

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that under the new law, products for children ages 12 and younger cannot be sold if they have more than 600 ppm total lead, even if they were manufactured before then. That lead limit drops again to 300 ppm on Aug. 14 and, ultimately, to 90 ppm.

The reason behind the law is simple enough — to keep kids safe. The push for it came after the recall of multitudes of lead-tainted toys made in China in recent years.

As of Feb. 10, all manufacturers — even local mom-and-pop toymaking operations — will have to certify that their products for children meet safety standards. Aragon points out that she sells locally made bibs and sweaters, items that will also have to be certified — by a third-party accredited laboratory. A home-testing kit won’t do.

The costs could reach thousands of dollars.”

I’m sure that lawmakers only had the best of intentions in mind when they passed the “tainted-toy law.”  And…there were probaby crying victims at a Congressional hearing.  But the effect that these regulations will have on small businesses is just plain devastating.  It’s frightening that rather than encouraging and protecting free enterprise, our government is hell bent on destroying it.

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