The Consumer Protection Safety Information Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires items sold
for children, manufactured after February 10, 2009 be tested and certified for lead levels by an independent lab.
It seems unbelievable, but that includes children's books!
A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)letter, dated December 23, 2008, affirmed children's books are included in category of products that need to be tested for lead.
Products in inventory (in storage and on bookstore shelves) do not need to be tested, but retailers can be fined if the products are found to have excessive
levels of lead.
Testing and certification takes place at the book printer level. Publishers of children's books need to check with their printer if they have books in the
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