Thrift stores, re-sellers will not have to test for lead

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thrift stores and consignment shops will not be required to test children's products for lead under a new act going into effect in February.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement this week clarifying the new rules.

Manufacturers, importers and retailers will still be required to test children's items for lead starting February 10th.  Items with lead more than 600 parts per million or 0.1% of certain specific phthalates cannot be sold.

While thrift stores and consignment shops are not required to test children's items, they cannot sell products with levels higher than the new standard.

Commission experts say store owners should watch cribs, children's jewelry and painted or metal toys or have them tested to be safe. Resellers who sell products over the limit could face civil or criminal penalties.