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One of THOSE Issues...

It's going to take me quite awhile to catch up on everyone's blogs, but I came across this interesting, scary article posted by Editorial Anonymous. It's definitely one of those double-edged issues.

Now, of course we want to protect our children from ANY possible lead exposure, especially with the humongous rise in recalls over the past year for this; however, the generality of the legislation could have horrific ramifications on collectibles and historic jewels. Or at the least, our ability to circulate them. As someone who casually collects antiquarian books (though not generally "children's books,") I'm a bit concerned. Add to that the horrific costs involved in order for publisher, manufacturers, and retailers to comply - it's a disaster.

Besides, what's to keep kids from accessing "adult" books around the house that may or may not have lead? Nothing. Since kids are more likely to have, pick up, and /or be given children's books, however, I suppose it does lower the chance of exposure.

I'm curious for your thoughts.

2 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

My thoughts are:
Isn't lead harmful to adults?
Couldn't they be a little more generous in their timeline?
Please let there not be lead in many books (and especially not in mine!).
There's no way all books will be tested. Let's make it "from this time going forward".

OK, how's that?

Casey Something said...

Great thoughts PJ. I agree that it should be "from this time forward." It would make a lot more sense. I'm debating writing to my representatives. Just have to figure out what exactly I want to say...

Thanks for you input!