I posted yesterday about new federal regulations that were going to force small toy manufacturers out of business beginning February 10th. Now comes word that the rule’s start date has been postponed a year. The cynic in me suggests that the pols realized they’d moved too quickly and lost an opportunity to collect bribes from the small guys but perhaps a year delay will actually do some good. I don’t see how. Same problem next February, no?
Federal regulators on Friday postponed some testing requirements that would have forced many companies to pay ten of thousands of dollars to check children’s products for lead content, giving manufacturers and retailers a one-year reprieve.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission deferred the deadline, originally Feb. 10, by which manufacturers and importers of children’s goods needed to test every item to ensure it didn’t contain more than 600 parts per million of lead. They also have an extra year to test for phthalates, chemicals often used in plastic.