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Local businesses prepare for new retail law

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 5:51pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:00am

LONGVIEW - You may not think about what toxins are in your kids clothes but the Feds have.

It will soon be mandatory that all clothes for children 12 and younger be tested for lead and other toxins.

The new Children's Product Safety Law states products for kids made after February 10th must meet new safety standards.

This law is meant to keep all lead-filled clothes off of kids because researchers say they can be harmful.

Congress passed this law last year because of so many recalls on clothes and toys that were made with to much lead.

And now parents say they will feel relieved knowing their kids clothes are safe.

Cindy Ortiz is a mother and she said, "It would be nice for them to be checked knowing all the concerns with lead, but I feel like it should be done at the manufacturing level before clothes are distributed to stores."

As for resale stores, the law says they do not have to test clothes for lead, but they need to avoid products that are likely to have lead content.

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