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MARYVILLE, MO (2009-01-14) A new federal regulation requires lead testing to meet the new federal limits this year for lead in children's toys.
However, we've confirmed our area thrift stores do not have to follow the new rules.
The mandates come from major consumer safety legislation passed last year in congress.
And instruments to test lead can run in the thousands of dollars.
But a spokesman with the Environmental Protection Agency out of Kansas City says thrift shops and confinement stores are exempt from having to test their items.
Testing could cause a tremendous financial burden on the stores, which were concerned they'd also be mandated to test for lead.
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