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EUGENE, Ore.--Local resale shops and thrift store patrons are breathing sighs of relief, after federal regulators reversed course Thursday, saying thrift stores and second hand shops do not have to test used products for lead.
Earlier this week, some resale shop owners stopped taking clothing trades, worried they might have to close their stores.
Pam Simons, who owns the Eugene resale shop Kidstuff, was one of them.
"t caused a lot of tension for a lot of people," said Simons. "Not just business owners, but customers were really upset by it. So we're relieved."
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
requires clothes, toys and products for children under age 12 be tested for lead and pthalates. Earlier this week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said that included used products.
Now, the CPSC says resale stores are not responsible for testing items.
However, the stores can not sell items that do not meet the new lead standards. If they do, they could face civil or criminal penalties.
Terry McDonald, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul, said he's asked the federal government for more clarification.
McDonald says St. Vincent's could be found liable for unknowingly selling an item with lead or pthalates in it, so he would like the government to tell resale shops what dangerous items to look out for.
"Obviously, what we want to do is make sure the products we've been putting out to the public are indeed safe, they've identified if they are not and tell us what they're look for," said McDonald. "We can't be the stewards of this product without knowing what's going on."
St. Vincent's already does not sell children's furniture and products like car seats because they could be held liable if the product turns out to be defective, said McDonald.
Without further clarification from the government, McDonald says St. Vincent's might consider removing children's products from the stores.
On Wednesday, the CPSC tentatively approved some exemptions to the new lead testing law. Among them, children's products made from natural products like wood would not required testing.