Jo-Ann Stores to Pay $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Jo-Ann Stores Inc., of Hudson, Ohio, has agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty for allegedly importing and selling childrens products that violated the federal lead paint ban.
The penalty settlement (pdf) which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Jo-Ann Stores knowingly imported and sold Robbie Ducky childrens products that contained lead paint in excess of the federal governments regulatory limit from January through November 2007. At the time of the violations, the federal limit on lead in paint was 600 ppm (0.06 percent).
As a result of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, the regulatory limit on lead in paint and surface coatings was reduced in August 2009 from 600 ppm (0.06 percent) to 90 ppm (.009 percent).
The following Robbie Ducky childrens products allegedly violated the federal lead paint ban and were later recalled by Jo-Ann Stores:
Robbie Ducky childrens watering cans 6,000 recalled on August 28, 2007 Robbie Ducky childrens toy rakes 16,000 recalled on September 26, 2007 Robbie Ducky childrens toy rakes An additional 97,000 toy rakes were recalled on October 25, 2007 Robbie Ducky holiday water globes 60 recalled on December 13, 2007 In agreeing to the settlement, Jo-Ann Stores denies CPSC’s allegations that it violated federal law.
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