The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in reaction to the spate of recalls of toys manufactured in China, passed a law intended to protect children called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). On the face of it this is a good thing, however the testing requirements outlined in the Act will be cost prohibitive for most (possibly all) small business owners. Even some larger businesses are freaking out about it! (See the links to Rick Woldenberg's comments at a CPSC conference here (http://nationalbankruptcyday.com/). There's another great article about the situation here (http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/national-bankruptcy-day/).
I will continue to post links to articles as I find them. This legislation will adversely affect the public's ability to buy safe products for their children, because the only people who will be selling anything will be the scofflaws who won't care about keeping their products safe. Those of us who DO care will be put out of business because we can't afford the required testing.
PLEASE, if you care about buying safe handmade articles for your children, do everything you can to fight this! For starters, there's a petition here (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/?e), if you believe in this issue please sign it and pass it on to as many people as possible. There's also a link on the National Bankruptcy Day website to contact the CPSC, if enough people complain about this to them hopefully they'll do something to fix this. You can also contact your Senators and Representatives in Congress to impress upon them the seriousness of this issue.