Monday, February 9, 2009

16,667 Victims of CPSIA

Click to read Post-Tribune Article

The real impact reported in this article is CPSIA's affect on the programs run by charity resale shops such as the Salvation Army:

"We're in a catch-22," said Melissa Temme, public relations director at the Salvation Army national headquarters, which runs several thrift stores in Northwest Indiana. "Fifty percent of our thrift stores fund adult substance abuse rehabilitation centers, the largest network of residential treatment centers in the country," Temme said. A conservative estimate of revenue lost due to the lead law would eliminate 16,667 people from those programs.

That's a lot of victims.

Sadly, in this same article a Once Upon A Child representative claims that they have the ability to screen every item for CPSIA compliance. Which implies that resale shops such as the Salvation Army could be doing more to protect children. This is a blatant attempt to mislead their clientele. Since nearly every children's item has the potential to exceed the new lead and phthalates limits and there is no '90-page list' of affected items, Once Upon A Child has chosen to ignore the ramifications of this new law. This list to which they refer is a list of items that have actually been recalled. Many more millions of items are affected that have not, and will not, be technically 'recalled'.

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