The CPSC reported last month that approximately 4.8 million units of products that violated U.S. safety rules were stopped at the border in fiscal year 2012. CPSC and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol screened more than 18,000 different products during the fiscal year and approximately 1500 were found to violate a U.S. safety rule. Children’s products with excess lead levels made up the bulk of the products blocked at the border.

The CPSC also indicated that it is considering regulating liquid laundry packets/pods. The CPSC has received more than 500 reports of incidents related to liquid laundry packet. ASTM is establishing a subcommittee to develop a standard for these products.

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The CPSC did not announce any Civil Penalties July.