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CPSC reduces level of lead in toys

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The next time you purchase a toy for your child, chances are it will contain lower levels of lead.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission decided to reduce the amount of lead to one of the lowest limits in the world.

In a 3-2 vote, the CPSC has cleared the way for the limit to be cut to 100 parts per million.What that means is that most products for children 12 and under will soon move from being about 99.97% lead free to 99.99% lead free.

A Columbus couple had mixed reactions on the decision.  "I think that if a company was complying with safe lead standards they shouldn't have to go through all of the hoops of testing." 

"I think they're intent is great, but it's not going to be effective right away. This is all based on parents who are buying brand new toys but there's so many parents who buy used toys, hand me downs and they haven't been screened yet."

Proponents say there's no known safe level of lead, which can cause irreversible brain damage. But critics, including the two Republicans on the commission, say the amount of allowable lead is already very low and that the move will lead to job cuts and shuttered businesses.

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