California SB 646 would take away the protection offered under California Metal-Containing Jewelry Law to the Burlington Coat Factory Consent Agreement signatories. It would add tie clips to the list of items considered to be jewelry under California law and also require compliance certification to be provided either on the product shipping container or to the person buying the product for resale.
Update: CA SB 646 has passed and signed by Governor Brown. FJATA sent a letter to the governor requesting a veto of the bill due to the fact that members certainly are performing their due diligence regarding testing. CPSIA requires third party testing for lead and phthalates and various state laws set limits on cadmium, so there is ample testing of new children’s jewelry products. California has made the decision to further burden an industry that has spent historic amounts creating compliant product for the children’s jewelry market. The law takes effect January 1, 2012, coinciding with the date CA SB 929 (restricting cadmium to 300ppm in children’s jewelry) becomes California law.