Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children’s clothing.
The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger — including clothing — be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable. Those that haven’t been tested will be considered hazardous, regardless of whether they actually contain lead.
“They’ll all have to go to the landfill,” said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.
The new regulations take effect Feb. 10 under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which was passed by Congress last year in response to widespread recalls of products that posed a threat to children, including toys made with lead or lead-based paint.
I assume that, legally, this would apply to yard sales too. I also assume that the number of yard sale operators who know about this approaches zero, and their chances of being busted are only slightly above that. But both resale businesses and some children’s clothes producers are going to get stung by this. Just the sort of law we need in a depression, eh? But it’s for the children!
Let ’em run naked, I say. The pedophiles will love that.
UPDATE: Ha! I scooped WND! Good stuff here…this abomination was sponsored by the race-baiting Bobby Rush, and I’m sure you can guess who the one Congresscritter was who voted against it.
The biggest problem here is all the people who say they will shut down rather than risk prosecution. Sell the stuff already! Do you think the government has the balls to prosecute somebody for selling children’s products? I would love to see them try. I’d like to see a caravan of soccer moms converge on DC, doing what they should have done for the cuckolded Hillary (Kick the bum out of the White House). Just ignore the stupid-ass MFs.
UPDATE 1/9: They’ve backed off the testing demand for used stuff. But small business is still screwed.