New Nanny State “Safety” Rules for Children’s Clothing

As of February 10, the Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other secondhand clothing stores across the country will no longer be able to sell used children’s clothing without first testing it for toxic lead and phthalates, the LA Times reports. Not surprisingly, this is a typical case of the government looking at the short term benefits its actions will have on a small number of people, and ignoring the long term damages to a much larger, but perhaps less visible, group.

The new legislation will strike a blow to the income of some charitable organizations, and could put a significant number of smaller consignment shops out of business.  Small businesses producing new children’s clothing will be affected as well, because they will not be able to keep up with the cost of testing all their products.  Also likely to be hurt by the new law are struggling families which habitually shop at stores such as the Goodwill, a concern compounded by the economic downturn.

Thank you, Washington, for killing innumerable birds with one stone.

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