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Effective February 10, 2009, in the United States, the sale of
books. It can cost between $500 and $1500 to test a book for lead.
I happen to own a children's bookstore specializing in living books
from the 1950s and '60s. My punishment for selling a book after
February 10th? Up to $100,000 and 5 years in jail. And yes, it is
a felony charge. For selling a SINGLE book.
(Although I don't think the S.W.A.T. team scenario would become a
reality overnight, at the same time I would be leery of blatantly
violating Federal law.)
So what can you do to help save your local used bookstore that
sells children's books? Or that homeschool curriculum business?
Or your EBay business selling children's items?
ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:
1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman at
Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30,
2009. Or email: Sec102ComponentPart
2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact informa-
tion, just enter your zip code.
3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top 3 in
each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.
4) Sign the petition.
5) Spread the word! Forward this article. Send an email. Write
about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and
encourage them to do the same.
Anyone know know how this will affect PBS swaps? I have tons of children's books on my wish list and my bookshelf is pretty much nothing but. Will we no longer be allowed to swap these after Feb 10th?
Michelle in OK
I just got this from http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html
Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.
The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.
I think this makes it OK for us all
Your response seems so straight forward, and I have been following the CSPIA contoversy for a bit, and while you are probally correct, it isn't that clear cut.
While resellers (or anyone/company) giving away the books for free don't have to test the product, ie, book, they can't sell it if the lead content is over 600ppm (which will decrease to 300ppm in August.)
So, while toy makers, ie Mattel, are required to test their product, resellers of used books are not required to test, but they cannot sell any product that exceeds the legal limit of lead.
Basically, the reseller needs to be a mind reader of sorts. Guessing if the ink in the book exceeds the allowable lead content or not.
I support the idea of better safety regulations for children's products, but the CSPIA needs to be ammended.
The American Library Association is carefully watching this legislation, and at this point, probably writing and calling any and everyone in DC is a good idea. The main problem of lead in books is in the ink. The question that EPA seems to be asking is, how much lead could a child actually injust if he decides to eat an entire book. The actual question should not be this, because this is not even a realistic possibility. Even if a baby is sucking on the book for a prolonged period of time, the lead in the ink does not leach out of the paper. The paper dissolves in the baby's mouth, it tastes icky, and he spits it out.
Now, a dog is another matter!
PS: Although I've heard that the testing for lead in books will costs approximately $150 per title, which the big companies will pick up with no problem, it is a reminder that they will also feel entitled to pass along the cost to the consumer (not the baby eating the book, but the mommy buying the book!). This may be an excellent time to recruit friends to PBS, as we all look for ways to keep books in the hands of our little ones!