Consumer Product Safety

“We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” Those words you very well may recognize as delivered by President Barack Obama on the day of his Inauguration. However, they are equally appropriate in response to an article in the Contra Costa Times this morning which bemoaned a federal law scheduled to take effect in a few weeks. The law is called Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The news article is entitled, “Product Safety Law Casts Gloom Over Businesses” hardly an unbiased title. The premise of the article is that businesses will be hurt by this overly restrictive law. Very little mention is made of those whom it is designed to protect-our children. The law is targeting lead in products used by those 12 years of age and under. Lead is a known as a potent neurotoxin. The law is also regulating and for the most part eliminating phthalates from children’s products and toys. Phthalates, used to make hard plastics, is particularly dangerous to reproductive systems.
Any bill designed to protect children, especially when the offending agents are known and proven to be dangerous, is a good consumer protection. I’m surprised the Contra Costa Times or any media outlet would side with big business over and above consumer product safety.