In August, baby products maker HALO became the most recent high-profile company to recall items of clothing, after it pulled back 27,000 of its SleepSack wearable blankets due to a choking hazard. The Huffington Post reported that the HALO SleepSacks, which are exclusively sold at Babies “R” Us, were recalled based on six reports sent to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that the petals on the garment were detaching with one infant found gagging on the flower.
In addition to potential choking hazards, retailers should be concerned with regulated heavy metals like lead and cadmium in fasteners and zippers in apparel, and accessories like belt buckles and shoe fasteners, in order to avoid expensive and brand-damaging recalls. In this episode of Fashion Counsel, Anthony Lupo talks with partner Georgia Ravitz, the Consumer Product Safety practice leader, about navigating concerns involving CPSC heavy metal regulations without breaking the bank on product testing.
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In the video above, Ms. Ravitz noted, "We've seen a rise in the attempts to use cadmium as a substitute for lead...it has led to a number of product recalls."