Save Small Businesses from the CPSIA

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 small toymakers and crafters of children's products whose safety records have been exemplary. Because of the fees charged by Third Party testing companies, many manufacturers, especially makers of beautiful wooden toys and unique children's clothes from Maine to Oregon will be driven out of business. Their cottage workshops simply do not make enough money to afford the $200 to $4,000 price tag per toy that Third Party testers are charging per item. I urge the CPSC 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. These toy makers and crafters have earned and kept the public's trust. They provide jobs for hundreds and quality playthings for thousands. Their unique businesses should be protected. Please visit www.handmadetoyalliance.org to learn more about this issue. [A copy of this petition will be sent to the CPSC.] [Note: signatories 1 through 6,494 signed a slightly different version of this petition, which is available at http://sites.google.com/site/handmadetoyalliance/document-to-share/petitiontext1.pdfattredirects=0 .]

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The Handmade Toy Alliance http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org Please note that the Handmade Toy Alliance may followup this petition via email with infrequent calls to action. Please write to info@handmadetoyalliance.org if you wish to remove your email address. We will not share your email with any other entity except the CPSC, which is the recipient of this petition.

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Also please vote for our cause at Change.org. http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia The CPSIA affects Children's Clothes, too! Please also sign the fashion industry petition. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/index.html Note: We have no control over the google ads that appear below. Please ignore them as best you can. Thanks!

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  • Vinod Samuel Small business build our crippling economy. While the government that says they are doing everything it takes to better the economy research has shown that it is not the case. Look around, the facts are in the day to day people. I urge you to SAVE small business from CPSIA and allow us to build this failing economy

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    Gail Hynes Shea

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    Vinod Samuel

    4 months ago Comments: Small business build our crippling economy. While the government that says they are doing everything it takes to better the economy research has shown that it is not the case. Look around, the facts are in the day to day people. I urge you to SAVE small business from CPSIA and allow us to build this failing economy
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    Melissa Williams

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