As of February 10th, 2009 (yes that is just a couple of days away) all toys (and a few other things made for children under 3) are not allowed to have more the 0.1% of the six phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, and DnOPA)!! The US Consumer Product Safty Commission stated that this applies to all items in inventory regardless of when they were made! Meaning after that date you can't buy toys with higher levels of this dangerous chemical in them.
While this sounds FANTASTIC, here are some questions that immediately came to mind.
1) Are these the only phthalates or are there more that are not being regulated?
2) Who is going to police this rule? Will Baby's R Us get fined for selling phthalate laden toys on Feb 11?
3) What happens to all the old toys? Who takes the hit for all that wasted inventory? (I will bet the answer is the consumer more than the manufactuerer!)
4) Who is responsible for testing the toys? The manufacturer or the seller?
5) What does 0.1% equate to? 0.1% of what? the entire weight of the product? How did they come up with this number?
I'll let you know if I come up with anything. You can read the press release here
(n.b. not my baby or photo)