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Lead In Toys

WASHINGTON (CN) - Makers of children's products have new Consumer Product Safety Commission rules on procedures for getting a determination that an item does not contain too much lead to be sold as a children's product, or that even if it does, the body is not going to absorb the lead and the lead does not have other adverse affects on public health, according to the commission.

Under rules already in place, products designed or intended primarily for children 12 years old or younger may not contain more than 600 parts per million of lead by weight for any part of the product. After August 14, 2009, the products cannot contain more than 300 ppm of lead. Then in 2011, the limit will be 100 ppm unless the Commission determines that it is not technologically feasible to have this lower limit.

Children's products that meet the lead limits, however, still may be subject to testing requirements, unless specifically relieved of them through commission lead content determinations.

Children's products that meet the lead limits however, still are subject to testing requirements, unless specifically relieved of those requirements through commission lead content determinations.

Click the document icon on the front page for details and links to the regulations. The document icon under the "Scientific Integrity, Iran, Stem Cells & More" heading leads to other new regulations.

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