11.24.2007

防堵含鉛玩具相關新聞一則

States step in to get the lead out

摘要我覺得比較重要的兩點─

加州的總檢察長要告二十家玩具公司和大賣場知情但仍繼續販賣塗料含鉛過量玩具,除了罰鍰之外,還會要求更嚴苛的強制安全檢測,確保鉛含量在安全標準之下。此外,伊利諾州也剛通過一個法令,限制販賣含鉛過量的兒童產品。他們使用的標準跟聯邦相同,但是涵蓋的產品項目層面更廣,包括塑膠、金屬以及任何用於製造兒童產品的材料。
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.


雖然只有兩個州採取行動,但是其他的48個州也會因此而受益。因為這兩個州的嚴格要求,大型賣場在物流管理上為了避免還要決定哪些玩具可以在哪些州販賣的麻煩,可能最後就會採取比較嚴格的檢測標準,把所有不合格的玩具都全數下架。
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.

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