Heads Up!

August 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Posted in News | 1 Comment

phthalates_duck_mdHere’s a heads-up for yard-salers, flea-marketers, rummage-salers, and most other scavengers:

A new federal law makes it a crime to resell anything that’s been recalled by the manufacturer. To warn buyers and sellers of used items about this law, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has set up a section on its website dedicated to information people need to know about recalled stuff. On that page, we read:

“The implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) will have dramatic changes for the marketplace. This Information Center is intended to help sellers of used products understand the new law and existing regulations.

“Selling recalled products is now unlawful. The law sets strict limits for lead in paint and for lead content. Additionally, three types of phthalates are permanently prohibited in certain toys and child care articles and three other phthalates are prohibited on an interim basis in certain child care articles and children’s product that can be placed in a child’s mouth.”

Phthalates are chemical softening agents now being phased out in the United States but commonly used for many years in the manufacture of plastic and rubber items such as toys.

“The purpose of this site is to help you to identify the types of products that are affected and to understand how to comply with the law, so you can keep unsafe products out of the hands of consumers. Consumers who regularly buy used products may also find this information helpful in avoiding products that could harm them or their family.

“New requirements on importers and manufacturers of products should lead to safer products in the resale market in the future, but right now, resellers need to be able to determine what was manufactured in the past that may no longer be compliant.”

Stay out of jail, folks.

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