Further to the post from earlier today, I thought you might be interested in the letter I wrote to Joseph Pereira of the Wall Street Journal, in response to his article from yesterday.
Thank you for your article. As a toy company that strives to provide the very best products for its customers by importing organic cotton stuffed animals & dolls, and phthalate free vinyl products, we are very concerned about the pending legislation in Washington state and other states across the country. We are confident that our products would not meet the standards, we are concerned only about the potential cost of certifying over 500 different products. We find it ironic that we, along with many small to medium companies that sell high quality, beautifully designed and very safe products, will be shut out of individual state markets in the name of keeping consumers safe.
We welcome stricter standards safety and product standards but feel that it makes little sense for each state to have different standards and encourage the states to use their energy to pressure federal regulators to enact clear uniform standards for the entire country.
We hope that we will be able to continue to our relationship with the wonderful specialty toy and gift stores in Washington state, and elsewhere. We urge the states to consider carefully any rash reaction to the safety issues of last year and the impact that it will have on small businesses, and consumer access to quality toys.
Robert WilsonVice PresidentChallenge & Fun, Inc.