In case you missed the headlines, the US House voted 424-1 to ban lead toys. This is an important piece of legislation known as the Children’s Product Safety Act. Not only does it ensure that lead paint will never come into contact with our children’s mouths again, but it also outlines some strict guidelines for third-party evaluations of toy safety.
The ruling also passed a ban against six different kinds of phthalates – which are plastics that have been linked with reproductive damage. Phthalates can be found in dozens of baby and kid products, including bath toys and baby lotions.
The dissenting voice against the Children’s Safety Act, by the way, is Representative Ron Paul, who insists he voted nay because it extends the reach of the US government, not because he hates children.