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Issue Date: Vol. 45, No. 2, February 2005, Posted On: 2/7/2005


Feb. 7, 2005: Consumer Product Safety Commission Decides On Lead Levels; Zarolnick Takes Senior Veep Position At The Media Stores

CPSC SETS NEW GUIDELINES FOR LEAD CONTENT IN TOY JEWELRY

 

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced new guidelines, testing and enforcement policies aimed at reducing the potential for health risks from lead in children's toy fashion accessories. The updated information comes in the wake of a massive industry recall voluntarily conducted several months ago by bulk vending suppliers after lead content in some toy fashion accessories raised CPSC concerns.

 

According to the agency, its new policies outline steps that manufacturers, importers and retailers should take to minimize risks for children; describe how its staff will test for lead in children's toy fashion accessories; and quantify lead levels that will trigger further attention by the CPSC.

In short, documents provided by the CPSC indicate that its staff will first conduct a screening test to determine the lead content of each component in a product. If the lead content of each component is less than or equal to 600 parts per million (ppm), the staff will not pursue a recall or other corrective action. However, if the lead content of any single component exceeds 600 ppm, then CPSC staff will conduct further testing using the acid extraction method. If the acid extraction test yields an amount of accessible lead less than or equal to 175 micrograms (ug), no corrective action will be sought. However, if the secondary test reveals lead content greater than 175 ug, the CPSC will decide what corrective action may be appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Factors in such decisions will take into account the age of the children who are most likely to wear the product, the level of accessible lead, the size and shape of the components, the probable routes of exposure and other factors.

"We do not want children's jewelry to have accessible lead that could cause elevated blood lead levels," said CPSC chairman Hal Stratton. "We urge manufacturers to reduce the lead content of their products to the greatest extent possible below the 600 ppm benchmark."

 

In short, documents provided by the CPSC indicate that its staff will first conduct a screening test to determine the lead content of each component in a product. If the lead content of each component is less than or equal to 600 parts per million (ppm), the staff will not pursue a recall or other corrective action. However, if the lead content of any single component exceeds 600 ppm, then CPSC staff will conduct further testing using the acid extraction method. If the acid extraction test yields an amount of accessible lead less than or equal to 175 micrograms (ug), no corrective action will be sought. However, if the secondary test reveals lead content greater than 175 ug, the CPSC will decide what corrective action may be appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Factors in such decisions will take into account the age of the children who are most likely to wear the product, the level of accessible lead, the size and shape of the components, the probable routes of exposure and other factors.

 

"We do not want children's jewelry to have accessible lead that could cause elevated blood lead levels," said CPSC chairman Hal Stratton. "We urge manufacturers to reduce the lead content of their products to the greatest extent possible below the 600 ppm benchmark."

  

STEVE ZAROLNICK APPOINTED SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT AT MEDIA SALES FIRM

 

OXNARD, CA , The Media Stores has appointed Steve Zarolnick senior vice-president, responsible for representing the TMS entertainment media sales program to vending operators. The Media Stores offers vendors the opportunity to sell high-value merchandise , prerecorded compact audio discs and, soon, DVDs , through their glassfront snack machines, with no investment in hardware or software and no product cost.

 

Zarolnick joins TMS from VENDING TIMES, where he served as vice-president of sales and associate publisher. He has more than 16 years' experience in the vending industry.

"We are thrilled to welcome Steve as part of the TMS team, to spearhead our vending and c-store initiatives," commented TMS president and chief executive officer Alan Flesher. "He will play a key role in educating operators about new opportunities to strengthen their bottom lines, and to move their merchandise mix toward higher price points by adding popular items at prices that their customers will recognize as offering excellent value."

 

The Media Stores will display and describe its vending program at the National Automatic Merchandising Association Spring Expo in Las Vegas, in Booth 1312. The company is headquartered at 130 Lombard St., Oxnard, CA 93030, tel. (800) 363-0414 and online at HTTP://www.themediastores.com.


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