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"Local Regulation of Consumer Products," Buffalo Law Journal June 18, 2015

“The issue of restricting toxic chemicals in toys and children’s products is being discussed in towns and counties in New York and across the country,” write Cheryl A. Possenti and Paul C. Steck, partners in Goldberg Segalla’s Product Liability and Regulatory Compliance Practice Groups.

“The most recent example is the Toxic Free Toys Act passed by the Albany County Legislature. This act, set to become effective in January 2016, bans the sale of toys and other children’s products containing any amount — even federally acceptable trace amounts — of antimony, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, cobalt, lead and mercury in Albany County.”

In this Buffalo Law Journal guest column, Cheryl and Paul explore the potentially far-reaching legal, regulatory, and practical implications of Albany County’s ordinance on the toy and children’s product industry globally. “One such consequence,” they write, “is that it could impose a widespread logistical nightmare on manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that trade in products that are in compliance with federal requirements and deemed legal and safe elsewhere.”

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