Illinois legislation further protects children from lead in toys
prohibits the sale of cosmetic items containing mercury
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[December 24, 2008]
CHICAGO -- On Tuesday, Gov. Rod
R. Blagojevich signed legislation imposing more stringent
restrictions on the sale of children's products containing lead,
further protecting the health of Illinois' children.
Senate Bill 2860 imposes requirements on children's products
such as jewelry intended for children under 12 years of age;
products used in the care, relaxation or feeding of children under 6
years of age; and toys intended for children under 12 years of age
and having paint on the outside in smaller amounts of lead than
addressed under the current Lead Poisoning Prevention Act.
The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, and
state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Champaign, and amends the current act
by prohibiting the sale of certain children's products that contain
a total lead content in any component part that is between 40 parts
per million and 600 parts per million, unless that item contains a
warning statement that indicates that at least one component part of
that item contains lead.
The Lead Poisoning Prevention Act was
passed by the General Assembly in 1973 to set mandatory screening
and reporting requirements. Before the governor signed the new bill,
the 1973 act banned the sale of toys with more than 600 parts per
million of lead.
Lead poisoning can affect almost every system in the body,
causing learning disabilities, shortened attention span, behavioral
problems and, in extreme cases, seizure, coma or even death.
Senate Bill 2860 also amends the Mercury-Added Product
Prohibition Act to prohibit anyone from distributing or selling any
cosmetics, toiletries or fragrances containing mercury to
Illinoisans. The bill also requires that any Illinois manufacturer
must disclose the level of mercury in any cosmetics, toiletries or
fragrances to be sold outside the state.
Mercury is toxic to humans, even in small doses, by affecting the
central nervous system, kidneys and liver. Mercury exposure can
affect a person's ability to feel, see, hear, taste and move.
While the law goes into effect July 1, 2009, the bill's labeling
requirements become effective Jan. 1, 2010.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information; LDN staff]