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New Trade Enforcement Agency to Target China?

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Washington—Following up his comments during his State of the Union address to Congress in January, President Obama signed Tuesday an executive order creating the International Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) which will help ensure “a level playing field” for U.S. businesses. “Robust monitoring and enforcement of U.S. rights under international trade …

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CPSC Urges Voluntary Cadmium Limits

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Washington—The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Tuesday that jewelry manufacturers, consumer groups and other affiliated groups should develop standards to govern safe levels of cadmium used in toys and children’s jewelry. While the long-awaited guidance statement from the CPSC clearly rejected calls from some environmental and consumer advocacy groups …

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New California Cadmium Limits Increase Demands for Federal Regulations

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North Kingston, RI—Responding to a new state law limiting cadmium in children’s jewelry that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed this week, the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association (FJATA) once again urged consumer organizations, retailers and jewelry manufacturers to work toward a voluntary federal standard on cadmium and other heavy …