MoBoleez Breastfeeding hats are CPSIA compliant!
January 21st, 2009 by Diane Sam
(Note: this mainly concerns US retailers...)
As many of you know there is a new US law, primarily conceived to protect children, that has created a stringent set of guidelines relating to products used for children under age 12. The law is very complex, and untangling it and understanding it in layman’s terms is daunting. The new legislation—the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act or CPSIA—covers merchandise and products in many categories, not just children’s products (it also covers things like refrigerators!). We have been working on understanding and complying with the parts of the new law that apply to us and how we make and handle our hats.
I want to assure you that we have been aware of the intentions of this new legislation for at least a year. One of the requirements of the new law involves limits on the levels of lead in clothing—this mostly would be the paint that covers matching snaps or the hardware in a garment like zippers, metal buttons, etc. Since MoBoleez hats are made with none of these notions, it is highly unlikely that our products would contain lead. Nonetheless, the law is the law, and we decided to be proactive and to start the tests that the law requires before it became necessary in order to give us peace of mind. We have now tested all of our hats for the "lead in surface coatings" as required by the new US legislation. None of our hats contained any lead at all (as expected), and therefore were well below the guidelines issued by the US government.
We want you to know that we are in compliance with the CPSIA. All of the product produced for the 2008/2009 season—the hats we are currently shipping—was tested by certified laboratories approved by the CPSC. We have the General Conformity Certificates filed electronically, and will also include them in all shipments into the US starting Feb 10, 2009 (i.e. for our retailers in the US who are importing our hats), and to consumers should they want to see these documents. I want you to know that we take the safety and well-being of babies very seriously, and we are confident that all of our hats—whether it is shipping now, or was shipped in previous seasons—is safe for children. As many of you know, I have a real love for the nursing mom, and since I've started this business have endeavored to produce a product that that was cute, beautiful, pro-breastfeeding and unique—but above all—was made with the highest standards of quality and safety.
There are aspects of the CPSIA that are still under discussion, mostly about merchandise that you or I might have in our inventories that was produced before the CPSIA and its requirements for certification documentation was enacted. Our hats have not changed, nor have we changed our suppliers of notions, fabric, sewing factories or anything else that makes up our product. We are actively following up on all new information from the CPSC, and will strive to follow all the rules and requirements of the law.
Yes, our hats are safe!
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