Mom-and-pop stores want relief from costly child-safety testing

06/17/2010 | USA Today

Mom-and-pop toy retailers are struggling under the burden of costly testing required by a child-safety law enacted almost two years ago. The law requires third-party testing for certification that products marketed for children are free of lead and phthalates. Meanwhile, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has drafted a bill that would exempt some products sold by thrift stores and allow less-expensive testing methods.

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