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On February 10, two key provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act designed to limit the amount of phthalates (pronounced "thay-lates") and lead in children’s products will take effect.

The new law will limit the total lead content in most children’s products to no more than 600 parts per million in any part. This limit applied only to lead in paint and surface coatings previously.

The law will also limit the amount of six phthalates to 1,000 ppm. Phthalates are used in plastic primarily to make the material soft and flexible. The same chemicals are also banned from children’s products sold in Europe.

The CPSC also announced that it would not enforce the overall testing and certification requirements for one more year in order to give the agency and those affected by the requirements time to sort out compliance issues.

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