CPSC Says Rhinestones Not Exempt Under CPSIA

Law360, New York (July 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Staff members of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced that although glass and crystal rhinestones used in children's jewelry and apparel aren't hazardous, the staff's ability to recommend exempting such products from an outright ban is restricted by new safety rules.

The statement came Thursday in response to a request by the Fashion Jewelry Trade Association and other trade groups, which are seeking to exclude crystal and glass beads, including rhinestones and cubic zirconium, from the lead content limits of the Consumer Product Safety...
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