Changes Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act

Like many people, I was deeply concerned by the dangerous and poisonous toys that large Chinese toy manufacturers have been selling to our nations families. And, I was very pleased that Congress acted quickly to protect America's children by enacting the CPSIA. However, I am very concerned that the CPSIA's mandates for third party testing and labeling will have a dramatic and negative effect on many consignment, resale, and thrift shops. It will also devastate small manufacturers of children's clothes and other handmade goods for children. I urge you to quickly request the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make some very reasonable exclusions in their interpretation of the law as they continue their rulemaking process. For example, manufacturers should be able to rely on testing done by their materials suppliers instead of paying for redundant unit-based testing. I would also like to see an exemption to third party testing requirements for micro-businesses similar to the exemptions granted by the FDA for small producers under the food labeling laws. If you feel that testing should still be required, then the CPSC should be made to offer free testing services for small manufacturers. The consignment, resale, and thrift shops are primarily run by mothers and, of course, cater to mainly moms. What type of message would this be sending During this tough economic time we rely tremendously on these shops. This act is a major disservice to our nations families. Thriving small businesses are crucial to the financial health of our nation. And to avoid going backwards in our treatment of women and mothers, as small business owners and in general, we need to be more sensitive to this issue. Let's amend the CPSIA so that all businesses large and small are able to comply and survive! Thank you for your attention to this matter. [A copy of this petition will be sent to the CPSC.]

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