Skip to comments.New safety rules for children's clothes have stores in a fit (Anti Lead Law)
Posted on 01/06/2009 9:37:15 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority
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.
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Socialist do-gooders on a rampage.
“They’ll all have to go to the landfill,” said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.
Sell them back to China at a HUGE discount. Let them worry about it.
Come on people, what’s going on here? We’ve become a wimp nation. How do we stand up against this crap? Every day more and more of this stupidity is being shovel down our throats and we stand there and take it.
They’ll all have to go in a “landfill.”
In our neck of the woods, that’s called an attic.
By the way...what do Californians call a black market?
Psst! Hey buddy, wanna buy a romper?
And look for a crack down on ebay sellers, too.
They'll just grind them up and add it to the wheat gluten they ship here.
If it prevents the sale of used toys and clothing for children, it will also hit poor people who rely on those things for their kids the hardest.
Sounds like we need another bailout. s/ A crisis created by government which will then be used as the basis for another government invervention to help the people hurt by the government...
Could someone help me understand how toxic lead really is? From actions like this you’d think it was worse than some sort of highly radioactive waste. I know lead poisoning is real and that it effects the brain but is casual contact sufficient? Lead based paint was a problem because it was being eaten by kids, not because it was being handled by them.
This will reduce the future number of liberals and Democrats.
Put a sign on the door that reads sale on all 48" doll cloths. (not intended for children under 12)
Also, Salvation Army, and Goodwill stores, where many low income people shop, or at least SHOULD shop, for bargain price clothes, but they rarely have Michael Jordan sneaks, apple bottom jeans (and boots with the fur) or Stop Snitching t-shirts.
I used to carry my lead sinkers in my mouth so I didn’t lose them, and never suffered any helath problems. Of course, in solid form like a lead sinker, they are less prone to causing health problems than when a lead paint dust is inhalable.
Common sense thrown out again because of yet another liberal nanny state law.
It does more narm than good. It hurts the poor more than helps. They don’t care. They THINK they’ve helped, that’s all that matters.
They could have easily put exemptions in for non-profits. Not that I’m for the law, but they didn’t even do that. The people who supposedly know better than we do how to live our lives, cannot add a provision in to stop stupid stuff like this from happening.
Just how are they supposed to enforce this?
Industrial grade, Nanny State idiocy.
YES WE CAN’T!
Believe it or not...lead was used in the middle ages and early Renaissance as roofing material for Gothic cathedrals.
If its good enough for those magnificent Houses of God, then it’s good enough for me.
Maybe we should be like the FR of old and work on doing something about this. There is a month before it is to be enacted. Just lmk where to start.
Thank you for posting this - check the last post.
This is crazy - and no one knows about it!
When I was young my I used to make stained glass projects utilizing lead solder. Never had a problem. Sounds like more Nannyism.
A round-about way to eliminate yard/garage sales (from which the gubmint generally doesn’t receive tax revenue)?
Theyll all have to go to the landfill, said Adele Meyer, executive director of the National Assn. of Resale and Thrift Shops.
You now need a permit to dump something that might have lead in it in a landfill.
According to a link a Freeper posted the other day, the thrift stores will be “Grandfathered” in.
Whether that is true or not, I don’t know.
Exactly. They put untested children’s clothing in the category of “banned hazardous substance,” which means that introducing it into “interstate commerce” is prohibited.
And given the way the courts have ruled on drug cases, “interstate commerce” involves giving it away to your neighbor.
There is a Welsh variant of the Italian calzone that includes a bread "handle". The miners handled only that "handle" when eating the stew stuffed bread, then tossed away the "handle". Even then they were quite aware of the consequence of consuming lead.
Yeah and their lawyer friends who are going to have the class action suits where the lawyers are the only ones who get anything.
And how long did all the “lead handlers” in your family, live to be?
Only sell stuff that is for really really small adults.
Mostly into their mid 80's except for those who died from tuberculosis epidemics that swept through the villages. The cemetery at Ysbty Ystwyth shows whole families wiped out in a matter of months. My great grandfather lived from 1842 to 1921. A good 79 years with 19 children.
Wherever dogooders tread, real people suffer real harm.
Remember to look at every issue that the left pushes from the viewpoint of
“how does this further the destruction of the traditional family?”
That is the root goal of all their policies.
This one’s easy. Second hand clothing is the way to clothe a large family. Remove that ability, and you make it a lot more (prohibitively) expensive to have a large family.
More of a direct attack on families.
Make children’s clothing more expensive means fewer children and families.
"The law introduces an extraordinarily large number of testing requirements for products for which everyone knows there's no lead," he said.If we had any guts as a nation, a bunch of these scaliwags would be paraded around the streets of this country tarred, feathered and tied to a rail.
Lousy filthy b@sta$rds.
"We really provide a service to the community to help people get clothes for their children they otherwise couldn't afford," she said.If we had a free press in this country...
I read about this several weeks ago and it was said that if the thread makers and the fabric makers were certified by testing (by govt. approved testing companies) that this was not acceptable by the law. Each item made had to have a complete example tested. This is a long drawn out procedure.
There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
That’s why we need a revolution. And I’m not just reacting to this clothing fiasco when I say that. The whole structure of government micro-dictating everyone’s lives has to be torn down.
Yep this is really a bad law that this last ongress passed! The way it is written it puts anyone who makes anything by hand for kids out of buisness even the big manufacturesers are screaming about this!
oh, it WILL crash.
Remember that we are just visitors here, this is NOT our real home. We are in the realm of the Enemy.
This latest election has made me realize what that actually means.
A drunk will continue to make self destructive choices until he dies or hits bottom and elects for salvation.
The inmates are running the insane asylum.
Sell them back? Why would China buy them back? And do some reading, this law covers everything all the way down to lead in the valve stems of bicycles.
Trial lawyers will be happy to handle this for a cut of the lawsuit against the used clothing store.