It appears that a new law is coming into effect in the US come February 10th 2009 which requires that ALL items intended for children 12 years and under - be they toys, clothes - everything for or made with the intent of being used by or for children within this age bracket - recieve COMPULSORY testing for lead content by a third party laboratory. As I understand it, this not only applies to the supplies that we buy to make our products with but also the final product we end up with - in simple terms - manufacturers selling us supplies are required to pay to have their products tested and then we are likewise required to repeat the process on our completed items AND it apparently ALSO applies to items entering the States. The penalty being large fines, and for those of us outside of the States like me I imagine our items will refused "entry" and sent back - what?! It seems that not only are they intent on imposing back breaking laws on small business owners but also they are opening the door to sky high pricing on childrens items in general and in the face of a supposed world economic crisis - that'll be popular!
Ah well....thems the breaks eh. I just feel sad for those big fans in the States who have become enamoured with my fledgling Baby Ami range - Well...I guess there is still time up till Feb 10th eh? - it's now or never!
Guess I'll just have to get my maternity styles fired up - it'll be a whole new raging trend of pampering preggie women!! - surely? It's not like anyone can get something for the baby...not till s/he's over 12 anyway - then the lawmakers say you're on your own!