A recent law has small business owners that run consignment stores for children’s clothing and goods concerned. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act has been revised to include language that children’s clothing must be tested to ensure they contain less than 600 parts per million total lead. The online, and offline world, of business owners running consignment stores were concerned that they would need to test each piece of clothing for lead. In a press release January 8, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that “Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.” However, the USCPSC has said that consignment and thrift stores cannot sell children’s products with lead so owners should be careful about what products they sell.
To ensure that your business complies with the new regulations whether you sell used or new children’s products, contact me today at 720-258-6647 or Elizabeth.Lewis@eclewis.com.