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Book Publishers Up in Arms Over CPSIA

(Click here [1] for our complete coverage of CPSIA.)

The book publishing industry is joining the American Library Association [2] in questioning the wisdom and intent of applying CPSIA lead and phthalate standards to children’s books. The American Association of Publishers (AAP) [3] and Children’s Book Council (CBC) [4] are among the groups starting to lobby the Senate and House to clarify and/or revise CPSIA to exempt conventionally printed hardcover and paperback books.

Many children’s books have already moved to soy-based organic inks. There is little or no evidence of lead or phthalates being a problem in older inks or in paper, cardboard, and glues used for printing most books. While the industry agrees that specialty books that have plastic and metal parts might warrant testing according to CPSIA limits, it strongly disagrees with the necessity of such testing for conventional books books printed on paper and cardboard.

Among the major concerns about the implementation of CPSIA as applied to books are:

With violations of the law having both civil liability and criminal penalties including fines running to $100,000 and jail time to 5 years, businesses, libraries, and schools don’t want to be taking risks. The need for immediate clarification and revision of CPSIA to address the above-mentioned implications is crucial given the impending February 10, 2009, start of enforcement of the law.

Further reading:

Industry Scrambling to Comply with Child Safety Act (2009-Jan-09) [5]

The Very Latest on CPSIA and Books (2009-Jan-15) [6]

Video Interview of CPSC Employee Julie Vallese Regarding CPSIA [7]