According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nine children’s product manufacturers, importers and sellers have agreed to pay more than $500,000 in civil penalties. These penalties settle allegations that the firms “knowingly manufactured, imported, or sold toys and other children’s articles with paint or other surface coatings that contained lead levels in violation of federal law.”
The items were recalled in 2007 and 2008, and include toys, metal jewelry, pens, metal water bottles, pencil pouches, sunglasses and Halloween pails and baskets, the announcement said. The CPSC ordered the following firms to pay civil penalties to the federal government:
• Cardinal Distributing Co. Inc., of Baltimore, Md. – $100,000.
• Dollar General Corp., of Goodlettsville, Tenn. – $100,000.
• Family Dollar Stores Inc., of Matthews, N.C. – $75,000.
• Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., of Oklahoma City, Okla. – $50,000.
• First Learning Company Ltd., of Hong Kong – $50,000.
• Michaels Stores Inc., of Irving, Texas – $45,000.
• A&A Global Industries Inc., of Cockeysville, Md. – $40,000.
• Raymond Geddes & Co., of Baltimore, Md. – $40,000.
• Downeast Concepts Inc., of Yarmouth, Maine – $30,000.
The problems relating to lead used in clear violation of federal law must be dealt with and this is a step in the right direction. Manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets must be made to understand that future violations will result in more than relatively small money fines.
Source: CPSC Release
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