Wednesday, February 11, 2009

CPSIA Update

Remember this post?

Here's a sad update:

A poster at Etsy reports:

I just came back from my local thrift store with tears in my eyes! I watched as boxes and boxes of childrens books were thrown into the garbage! Today was the deadline and I just cant believe it! Every book they had on the shelves peior to 1985 was destroyed!

To tell the truth, I am afraid to call and ask my thrift shop what they are doing.

So am I, frankly. This is madness. Many of the books my children loved were gently-loved classics from our local used book store. It's sad to see such a terrible act of destruction wreaked upon treasures from the past, all because greedy companies used lead paint in plastic garbage peddled to American children in the recent past.


Anonymous said...

Let's also add how ridiculous it is that they are allowing books made in China that have paste in the binding that contains lead to stay on the shelves because so many people are ignorant of the true materials in the books and many other things we buy.

So sad.


Lindsay said...

That is especially sad because it was unnecessary! They extended the deadline to 2010 and there is legislation to ammend the bill being sponsered by Sen. Demitt from South Carolina.

LeeAnn said...

Why does this remind me of Farenheit 451? I hadn't realized children's books were included in the legislation. Damn stupid. If I had any money I'd head over to my local Half-Price Books now and get the good stuff before it's gone. Very sad.

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

Lindsay, you are mistaken, they did not extend the deadline to 2010 for *retail*. It is now, as we speak, illegal to sell any book published before 1985- the Commission specifically excluded those books from the extension.

In fact, Commissioner Moore went so far as to call for libraries to sequester those books, in a letter he wrote to Congress.
Furthermore, it is still illegal for any body to sell anything that supercedes the new lead limits. The stay only applies to testing. Fifty states' attorneys Generals also are not bound by any part of the stay.

The legislation by Sen. DeMint is languishing in Committee right now and will never see the light of day if voters do not convince the other Committee members that they mean it, and they want the reform bill passed.

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

There is not a single product intended for the use of children 12 and under that isn't included in this legislation.
Congress specifically said "ALL products." They, too, are surprised to learn that this included books, but their wording included EVERYTHING:
books, socks, shoes, scarves, hats, mittons, desks, pens, pads of paper, bikes, toys, barrettes, shirts, pajamas, cups, plates, pogo sticks, jump ropes, lap tops, radios, CDs, DVDS, computer games, lunch boxes, chairs, beds, sheets, blankets, stuffed animals bookcases, skateboards, - you name it, if it is intended for the use of children at any age from 12 on down, it is covered by this law.

Anonymous said...

It is sadder to find that some places are jumping the gun - or not really paying attention to what the CPSIA is really doing. They have not told anyone to destroy any books and exempted all children's books printed after 1985 except those that are considered toys - those with plastic parts inbedded or that are used in baths. I am a librarian and I have been urging everyone to be cautious and not become hysterical over all this. The ALA was working very hard to ensure that books are safe- especially some of our most beloved books. Be calm, be informed.

Heather said...

Here is a Dr. Seuss style story about the CPSIA to cheer you just a little!