Proponents say there's no known safe level of lead, which can cause irreversible brain damage, learning disabilities, and other problems such as aggressive behavior. With its vote, the agency decided that it is "technologically feasible'' for manufacturers in the United States and overseas to make products that meet the lower lead standard.
"As a result of the commission's decision today, consumers can rest assured that lead should be virtually nonexistent in toys and other children's products,'' said commission chairwomen Inez Tenenbaum, a Democrat.
The panel's Republicans, Nancy Nord and Anne Northup, criticized the decision, saying the amount of allowable lead is essentially trace levels.
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