Small businesses say flaws in new product safety law will force them to shut

I just started looking into a story on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, after a reader on Twitter alerted me to it a few days ago. The law is intended to ensure that toys and other kids products don’t have unsafe levels of lead and another harmful chemical, phthalates. But the law, which takes effect Feb. 10, could require people who make handcrafted goods or screen-print baby tees to test each batch of products for lead levels, which could be prohibitively expensive for many small companies and home-based artisans. Lots of folks who sell on Etsy and eBay are worried.

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