Washington D.C. ---- Congressman Bobby L. Rush, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., both days in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “Protecting Children from Lead-Tainted Imports.” Panels I and II will testify Wednesday; Panels III and IV will testify Thursday. The hearing will be broadcast via the Committee web site, https://energycommerce.house.gov.
Witnesses will address recent findings of lead in imported children’s products, as well as broader trends in trade and globalization that have contributed to unsafe imports. Many of the products containing lead were imported from China; the discovery of the poisonous metal resulted in recalls of millions of toys and other items.
Panel I (Sept. 19)
Nancy Nord, Acting Chairman, CPSC
Thomas Moore, Commissioner, CPSC
Panel II (Sept. 19)
Robert Eckert, CEO, Mattel, Inc.
Panel III (Sept. 20)
Dana Best, M.D., M.P.H.
Children’s National Medical Center
Olivia D. Farrow, Esq., R.S.
Division of Environmental Health Baltimore City Health Department
Center for Environmental Health
Global Trade Watch
Professor of Global Strategy
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Panel IV (Sept. 20)
Toy Industry Association, Inc.
Global Supply Chain Policy Retail Industry Leaders Association
Fashion Jewelry Trade Association
Gary E. Knell
CEO and President
Vice President, Technical Committee Operations