Tomorrow is February 10, effectiveness day for the new lead and phthalates standards and obligations under the dreaded CPSIA. Yes, the boom is lowered on Tuesday, and many of you are already taking dramatic steps to stay ahead of this law. With two days warning, the pain will be especially harsh on everyone with ANY phthalates exposure. Any inventory with phthalates that falls within the incredibly broad definition of a children's product becomes worthless at midnight (less than two hours from now, in Chicago), which will lead to huge business losses and possible loan defaults. Intentional or "knowing" violations of any of the many provisions of the new law exposes you to possible criminal liability, not to mention penalties and the pain and humiliation of recalls. Are we having fun yet???
We need to know what you are doing, how your business is being affected, how much money is being wasted, jobs being terminated, customer relationships ending and so on. We need to draw attention to these real situations and use the media to help explain the real world impact of this law. Congress wants to say that the disaster we were all predicting was just a figment of our imagination. Right now, they are sweating this one out. Let's bring reality to their doorstep.
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