Lead Banned from Toys and Kids' Goods

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A bill aimed at improving toy safety appears headed for the President's desk.

The bill would double the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and give the agency authority over testing of products.

For more on the toy safety measure, watch Competitive Enterprise Institute's Sam Kazman.

It would also tighten restrictions on lead and other chemicals found in children's products such as toys and jewelry.

The House voted 424-1 to establish a law which sets the strongest lead standards in the world. The measure bans lead beyond minute levels in products for children 12 or younger. It also prohibits children's products that contain six types of chemicals found in plastics that may be a link to potential health problems.

The Senate could pass the legislation by the end of the week.

The bill follows a record-setting year of toy recalls. Forty-five million children's products were recalled by the commission last year.

A bi-partisan group of House and Senate negotiators says it has reached an agreement on the bill. President Bush is expected to sign it.

Source: The Associated Press

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