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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 189 IDEA: Meet U.S. Safety Rules for Products Made Abroad

If you are ready to manufacture a product in China, be prepared for many challenges, including meeting stringent U.S. safety standards for consumer products.

In 2008, the Consumer Products Safety Commission supported the passage of the “Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act.”

The act was drafted in response to scores of unsafe products flooding the United States. The government was overwhelmed by efforts to recall products that were dangerous, toxic, or posed a choking hazard to children.

“The number one mistake small business owners make is not getting their products evaluated for safety issues,” said Edie Tolchin, an expert on manufacturing products in China. “Your product must ...

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