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Congress passes the consumer product safety bill

Monday, August 1, 2011

Consumers Union on Congress’ Passage of Consumer Product Safety Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ami Gadhia, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, made the following statement this evening after the House and Senate passed a bill (H.R. 2715) to make changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The bill now goes to the White House for the President to sign:
“We appreciate that this bipartisan legislation protects children’s health and safety while taking measured steps to address some of the claims raised by industry. This bill preserves the independent safety testing of toys and other children’s products, and it maintains a robust database for people to report and find out about safety hazards. This bill preserves the core of the CPSIA, the 2008 law that was a significant victory for consumers. It provides more clarity for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to do its job.”