One of the most horrifying restrictions of the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) is a prohibition against selling any children’s books published before 1985. CPSIA was originally intended to make toys and other children’s products safe from toxins such as lead. This is of course, an admirable goal, but the law as worded would put many crafters, small businesses, and thrift shops out of business because they could not afford the extensive tests the law requires.
After many people expressed concerns, a temporary stay was placed on testing of some items while the law is further examined though it does not include a halt to lead testing so pre-1985 books which potentially contain lead are still illegal to sell untested as I understand it. Correct me if I’m wrong. Please contact your congressman and express your concerns so this law will be rewritten!
Also, all my old Christmas favorites are now illegal books.