Toy Retailers Struggle To Comply With Guidelines

Toy stores are scrambling to comply with tough new lead and chemical standards that go into effect Tuesday.

Many toy sellers are pulling questionable items off their shelves after a judge last week nixed a delay that would have given them a 12-month reprieve. The abrupt change and the lack of guidelines has left many retailers bewildered.

The owner of a toy store in Atlanta said he was pulling about 5 percent of his toys off the shelf just because he's not certain whether or not the items conform to the regulations.

Last summer, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act, which imposed tough standards for lead and certain
chemicals, called phthalates in products for children age 12 and under.

Larger manufacturers and retailers have been tightening their own standards since Mattel recalled more than 20 million toys made in China in 2007 due to fears of lead paint contamination and tiny magnets that children could accidentally swallow.

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