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CPSIA – CPSC Shows Its True Colors in the Annals of Absurdity

April 27, 2011 by Etienne  
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In a move calculated to test the limits of what I can get you to believe, the CPSC last week conducted a raid in New York City to confiscate imported chocolate Easter eggs to save America from a choking hazard.

CPSIA – More Lives "Saved" by the CPSIA Database

April 27, 2011 by mbougie  
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These breathtaking database entries were submitted to me by Anonymous in a comment on my previous database blogpost.

CPSIA – The CPSIA Testing "Dilemma"

April 27, 2011 by Rob  
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As the House considers how to move a CPSIA Amendment forward, the issue of third party testing looms large.

CPSIA – Rumorville on 15 Month Rule

April 27, 2011 by Rachele  
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Hope you haven’t assumed that the “15 Month Rule” has gone away.

CPSIA – A Consequence of Being Governed by Idiots

April 27, 2011 by admin  
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At what point will we all rise up and say we are SICK of the oppression of the CPSIA? Today’s offense is the discovery that an innovative educational products developer has begun to sell a chemistry kit that advertises that it is “chemical-free” .

CPSIA – What You Get For Your Database Dollars

Selections from the CPSIA database, courtesy of an interested party. It’s easy to see how careully the CPSC has been following its own rules on postings . . . . “I don’t think anyone should be wearing them and if they do try them, they should be made aware of potential injury and warned to discontinue use at the first sign of discomfort. I wish I had know.”   “Please consider taking the shoes off the market before more people are hurt.”   “each time the hat was placed on baby’s head he would cry.” [Sorry just had to add this one, it was due to broken needle.]   “My ankle still hurts and probably will never be the same.”   “…still pains me with every step I take.”    “I truly hope you will be able to make this company accountable for the quality issues we have experienced” “I also strongly encourage you to investigate how many other pieces from the same manufacturing batch could be affected…”   “it didn’t occur to me that there might be problems associated with a product being sold in a reputable store.”   “It appears that [Company name] has no concern whatsoever for Consumer Safety just profits.”   “We used an XRF analyzer and testing results showed the plate contained over 300 ppm of lead AND mercury.”    “I did NOT want another product in my home from this manufacturer”    “This product should be recalled.”

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CPSIA – What You Get For Your Database Dollars

CPSIA – What You Get For Your Database Dollars

Selections from the CPSIA database, courtesy of an interested party. It’s easy to see how careully the CPSC has been following its own rules on postings . . . . “I don’t think anyone should be wearing them and if they do try them, they should be made aware of potential injury and warned to discontinue use at the first sign of discomfort. I wish I had know.”   “Please consider taking the shoes off the market before more people are hurt.”   “each time the hat was placed on baby’s head he would cry.” [Sorry just had to add this one, it was due to broken needle.]   “My ankle still hurts and probably will never be the same.”   “…still pains me with every step I take.”    “I truly hope you will be able to make this company accountable for the quality issues we have experienced” “I also strongly encourage you to investigate how many other pieces from the same manufacturing batch could be affected…”   “it didn’t occur to me that there might be problems associated with a product being sold in a reputable store.”   “It appears that [Company name] has no concern whatsoever for Consumer Safety just profits.”   “We used an XRF analyzer and testing results showed the plate contained over 300 ppm of lead AND mercury.”    “I did NOT want another product in my home from this manufacturer”    “This product should be recalled.”

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CPSIA – Dem CPSC Commissioner Bias Against Manufacturers MUST Be Stopped!

April 13, 2011 by Dana  
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Before the April 7th House hearing on the CPSIA, the three Democratic CPSC Commissioners joined together to assert that in the absence of their “leadership” at the agency and their vaunted CPSIA law, manufacturers would be “dosing” children with lead in ever greater amounts. To be precise , they said they oppose “any change in the law that would lead to an increase in the doses of lead to which our children are exposed on a daily basis . . . .” According to them, changing the law means that “doses” of lead WILL increase (but leaving everything “as is”, including their position at the helm, means that children will remain “safe”). In other words, they were warning Congress that “we” are planning to or will inevitably increase lead “doses” upon a change in the law. Our company is a manufacturer of children’s products, in particular educational materials and educational products. This scurrilous libel applies to me. I don’t like it one bit, either. Despite having previously raised this point in this space, I am still not quite sure people fully comprehend how offensive this action by Tenenbaum, Adler and Moore actually is. Of course, we all know the word “dosing” is offensive on its face. Everyone also knows that accusing me and my manufacturing peers of an absence of values and integrity, not to mention an actual present intent to harm children, is remarkably slanderous, unfair, untrue and completely unknowable. It’s practically a blood libel . But what I don’t think is clear is how grievously the three Democrats have violated a basic tenet of American social justice. in their panicky effort to appease consumer group zealots, the Dems have demonstrated a bias, a dyed-in-the-wool prejudice against an amorphous mass of people tied together only by false accusation. It would be their undoing if they had used the same logic to attack just about anyone else. Consider the following: How would you feel IF Inez Tenenbaum said she was opposed to changes in CPSIA lead rules because she didn’t want black people or gays to start “dosing” children with more lead? or . . . IF Bob Adler objected to changes in CPSIA lead rules because he said he wanted to prevent Jews from “dosing” children with more lead as they are wont to do? or . . . IF Thomas Moore pointed to Muslims as the principal danger in relaxing CPSIA lead rules? The shock waves would reach tsunami heights. None of these people would still be working for the federal government, either. Public outrage would ride them out on a rail. Of course, they didn’t say any of these things (to my knowledge). Instead, the three Dem CPSC Commissioners stood shoulder-to-shoulder and simply said they can’t abide the changes because manufacturers will “dose” children with lead. Can’t trust manufacturers . . . . This apparently is quite believable. The media bites down hard on the silly story, that’s for sure. Consider Jeff Gelles of the Philadelphia Inquirer : “With bigger matters at stake, it was easy to overlook another drama unfolding last week: a little-noticed assault on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s efforts to improve children’s safety and the transparency of its complaint-handling process. But it sadly fits right into the theme of a Republican Party eager to please its core constituencies – in this case, business groups that often bristle at any regulation, even ones designed to protect children from unsafe products.” If it’s “obvious”, it must be true, right? Yes, if you are biased . . . or a bigot . . . or gullible. So apparently, it’s “believable” when politicians abuse their power by accusing me of an intent to harm children (despite the fact that we have a virtually unblemished record of safety and I have devoted my business life to making children’s lives better) – all because I am a member of a group called “manufacturers”. Had they leveled the same accusation at me or at a group including me based on race, creed, color, gender, religion, sexual preference or some such, they would be banished from our government. This is a dirty bias exposed, plain and simple. The Dems’ accusation is also the height of cowardice, relying on political power to bludgeon a group of randomly-selected citizens for political gain. They know they have overwhelming power and are unlikely to be accountable for this malicious lie. This isn’t the first time Inez Tenenbaum has resorted to this kind of unscrupulous media and Congressional pandering. You may recall my outrage over her statement to ABC News on the first day of the Xmas selling season last year (September 30th) when she used the occasion of Mattel’s 11 million unit recall to warn America against “manufacturers” who don’t design in safety up front. In my blogpost entitled ” Recall the CPSC “, I questioned why Ms. Tenenbaum was warning American consumers about our company – after all, we are a manufacturer. What had we done to deserve this treatment from Ms. Tenenbaum? Had WE suffered a massive recall? Had WE injured children? Did she have ANY evidence that WE were doing a bad job of “[building] safety into the product from the very beginning”? Nope, she didn’t – she made that accusation without any cause to do so. Mattel erred (if they actually did), NOT US. This is called bias. Read her remarks but substitute in the words “Jews”, “black people”, “gays” or “Muslims” for “manufacturers” to see the effect clearly. She was WAAAAAY off-base, but who held her to account? No one. It’s okay to have a bias against manufacturers. What can we do about this? I think it’s incumbent on Congress to do something about it. Let’s be frank – Congress appointed these people and they are accountable for the government that we “enjoy”. Is Congress ready to let bigotry and bias form the basis of our laws and our regulatory system? Is Congress ready to abandon its responsibility for oversight and to manage these rogues? How about a sense of basic fairness – there are huge numbers of manufacturers serving the American market. They are our neighbors, our friends, our relatives. Are we satisfied having a government run by people who HATE and DISTRUST manufacturers, think that “justice” involves taking away their due process and deciding cases before evidence is heard? I sure hope somebody’s listening. This is a MAJOR PROBLEM. It’s time to end the reign of terror at the CPSC!

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CPSIA – Comment to My Blogpost

April 11, 2011 by Dana  
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I received this comment on my recent blog on lead: “I am a victim of lead poisoning. In one of Dana Bests written testimonies to Congress she suggests that the lead limit should be 40 parts per million, half of the 80 parts per million level at which a child loses 1/2 an IQ point. Given that she made no mention of blood levels or absorbability she seems to imply that 80 ppm in substrate = loss of 1/2 point of IQ. Give these facts I can calculate my lost IQ. I was born with an IQ of approximately 6,350. You see, as a child I played with solid lead toy soldiers. I started fishing at a young age and handled lead fishing weights frequently. I helped my dad make large fishing weights for bottom fishing with melted lead. Worst of all I clamped lead split shot onto fishing line with my teeth. It’s tragic really, the loss of over 6,000 IQ points. I could have solved world hunger. I could have unified relativity and quantum mechanics. Instead I’m just a normal IT guy. Dana Best, with the help of her special calculator, is about to usher in a new age of soaring IQs. Soon we will all live forever and never get sick. But this may never happen if we don’t hold a righteous fear of lead in our heart. Vote Democrat – BE AFRAID.”

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CPSIA – CPSIA Amendment Process

April 10, 2011 by michelle  
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I have been asked to explain how this week’s hearing relates to a “process” leading to a CPSIA amendment someday. Good question. I am certainly in no position to do anything more than give you my opinion. At the moment, the House Republicans have floated a draft (and still incomplete) amendment of the CPSIA. This is the third such major amendment try, but the first by the Republicans. The prior two amendments proposed by Henry Waxman died in the last Congress. You may recall many bills that have been proposed by various people to address various elements of the law. None of those bills have moved – they’re basically DOA but perhaps some current bill, like Ms. Klobuchar’s bill in the Senate, would eventually gain some traction. Next steps include completion of the CPSIA amendment and a vote on it in the House. The amendment must gain a majority vote in the entire House after it passes out of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. As usual, the Committee will seek a bipartisan approach if at all possible. The path forward is not clear in the House at this point. Assuming that the bill passes out of the House, then the bill proceeds to the Senate. Will they vote on it, propose their own version, or let it die? Your guess is as good as mine. There are definitely Senators left singing the old Waxman tune, we NEED this bill to PROTECT THE CHILDREN. Will they EVER relent? Will they ALL relent (that’s important in the Senate)? Stay tuned to find out. If the Senate approves its own version of the bill, a conference committee will form to negotiate a common bill for both Houses to approve. That’s probably where the action will take place, far from your intruding eyes. Presumably, Mr. Obama will be consulted and his agreement secured. Mr. Obama wrote part of the CPSIA. Ugh . . . . The last step is for Mr. Obama to sign the bill. We are not exactly dancing in the end zone yet, although we’ve made progress. There will be more action to come.

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