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Controversial Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Takes Effect

The controversial Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which strengthens regulations on children's products containing lead and the plastic component phthalate, took effect Tuesday, amid a flurry of protest from retailers and manufacturers.

Manufacturers must certify lead amounts do not exceed 600 parts per million and that all items created after Feb. 10 contain less than 0.1 percent phthalate. While thrift stores are not required to test old products they resell, any retailer selling a children's item violating the act is liable for civil or criminal prosecution.

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