Printing Industries of America Announces Petition to CPSC
Printing Industries of America peti- printing process will not provide In concluding its call for an extension,
tioned the U.S. Consumer Product the needed relief from both costly PIA stated that problems associated
Safety Commission (CPSC) request- and burdensome testing require- with implementation of the CPSIA
ing an extension of the current stay ments. The cost for testing is averag- present “real technical, practical and
of enforcement for certain Consumer ing between $350 and $500, and a test economic challenges that need to be
Product Safety Improvement Act requires destruction of multiple copies carefully considered and addressed by
(CPSIA) testing and certification of the product. the Commission.”
requirements for children’s books and
other printed materials. Additionally, the petition addressed Printing Industries’ petition was
concerns regarding the limited list of jointly filed with the Association of
Congress passed the CPSIA—which approved third-party laboratories that American Publishers and the Book
seeks to limit the presence of lead could perform required tests. Manufacturing Institute.
and other toxic chemicals in products
intended for children under the age of
12—in 2008, but delayed full imple-
mentation for one year due to a lack of
regulatory and enforcement guidance Frank Parsons Sells NY Division to
and resources necessary to comply. Central National-Gottesman
Over the past year, Printing Industries,
its member companies and stakeholders Frank Parsons Inc.
in the children’s printing and publish- signed a definitive
ing industry have worked to provide agreement to sell its
scientific data, technical guidance and Hudson City division,
manufacturing processes information to which services the met-
the CPSC in order to demonstrate that ropolitan New York
ordinary children’s books and other area, to Central National-
printed paper-based materials do not Gottesman Inc., a New York-based pulp and paper company. The sale was
contain lead near the limits established expected to close on or before Dec. 31, 2009.
by the CPSIA.
“This transaction will enable Frank Parsons to focus its sales and marketing
In August, CPSC determined certain efforts on our core mid-Atlantic markets and provide us with the resources