More Children's Products Will Require Lead Testing

Next month children's products will be required to undergo lead testing before they are sold, including clothing. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has released information detailing what this means for thrift and consignment stores.

Starting February tenth all children's products must *not* contain more than 600 parts per million total lead, meaning manufacturers and importers will have to test for the element in children's toys, clothing and accessories.

However, sellers of used children's products will not need to certify the products meet the new standard. But, they cannot resell items that exceed the lead limit. They will need to avoid products that are likely to contain lead or have proof the products are within the new safety profile.

CSPC experts say products that have an increased risk for lead contamination include children's jewelry, and painted wooden and metal toys.

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