Illinois is also taking on the issue. A law recently passed in that state forbids the sale of children’s products with more than 600 parts per million total lead. Although this limit is the same as the federal standard for lead in paint, the Illinois law is broader since it also applies to plastics, metals and any other materials used in children’s products.
While only two states are flexing their muscle on the lead in toys issue, consumers in the other 48 states may wind up reaping the benefits. Major retailers may find logistic problems in not being able to sell the same merchandise in all the states in which they do business. If companies have to sort out what products can and can't be sold in California and Illinois, they might just end up crossing them off the entire country's list altogether.