San Francisco plans to ban plastic toys

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 2, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

If you own or operate a business that sells or uses plastic toys, drinking cups, dolls, baby bottles, pacifiers, safety gear such as bike helmets and knee pads, children’s flotation devices, plastic bath toys and books, crib products, educational toys or sports equipment, you will no longer be able to sell or use these products if the San Francisco Board of Supervisors moves forward with a proposed "Child Product Safety" ordinance next week.  

On May 23,  without any input from potentially affected parties, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Child Product Safety ordinance.  It would ban certain toys and other children’s products that contain specified chemicals (phthalates and bisphenol-A) from sale or distribution within the city and county.

This special interest-backed ordinance is advancing rapidly, despite the fact that government bodies worldwide, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Toxicology Program, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and government agencies in the European Union and Japan, as well as a panel of independent scientists under the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis all concluded these chemicals are safe in these products.  Furthermore, the California Legislature, after holding an informational hearing on these two chemicals, rejected similar legislation earlier this year.

If you’re concerned about this ordinance, please contact the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom and request they postpone final passage of the Child Product Safety ordinance until the city provides potentially affected parties an opportunity for input. 

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