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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new law went into effect Tuesday regarding the resale of clothing and toys that may contain lead. But the law isn't very clear, and some store owners are confused about what to do.

Goodwill Industries is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to try to clarify the law. It's meant to keep dangerous products away from kids. But how to do that isn't clear.

Thrift shops are prohibited from selling items likely to contain high levels of lead, but they aren't required to test for lead, so how will they know?

Donn Githens said, "This is really just the first step that's happened. The law that went into effect today is still quite ambiguous. There's not a list of acceptable standards, there's a lot of information that we still need to get clarity on to follow the recommendations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission."  

One way you can help is to check products you plan to donate and make sure they haven't been recalled.

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