Public Citizen has appealed a blanket rejection by the Consumer Product Safety Commission of a Freedom of Information Act request that sought information about how long the agency takes to warn the public about dangerous products after it learns about potential hazards. Public Citizen submitted the FOIA request in January, shortly after issuing a report revealing that the CPSC took an average of 210 days to warn the public about hazards for which the agency had levied fines over the previous six years. There appears to be a significant delay between the dates on which manufacturers and the CPSC became aware of hazards and the dates on which the CPSC informed the public about them. That is clearly wrong. The CPSC is much too slow to inform the public and that should change. After all, we are talking about the health, safety and welfare of consumers.
Source: Public Citizen
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