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Limit the lead in your handbag
Aug '10
Recent events surrounding the use of lead in consumer products has reminded manufacturers, importers and retailers of the benefits of product testing in order to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulations.

More than 40 major retailers have now agreed to set new health standards to limit the use of lead in their products. This development follows the discovery last year of high levels of lead in dozens of vinyl and synthetic leather women's handbags, purses and wallets on sale at stores in the US by the Center for Environmental Health.

The introduction of the CPSIA in 2008 by the American Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has bought about significant changes to the amount of lead allowed in certain consumer products. The CPSC recommends manufacturers and importers test their products for lead content in order to meet strict consumer and regulatory requirements. Non-compliance of which may lead to significant civil and criminal liability charges.

Lead exposure has been linked to a variety of health problems such as child learning disabilities, higher infertility rates for women and increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure and heart attacks.

Expert chemists at SATRA test against American, European and worldwide standards to ensure products comply with appropriate legislation and so are safe for consumers.

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