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Unsafe Toy Bill

President Bush is expected to soon sign a bill seen as making the "most significant improvement to product safety'' in decades.

The bill bans lead from children's toys and imposes the toughest lead standards for such products in the world. Lead paint was a major factor in the recall of 45 million toys and children's items last year.

Many of those were from China.

Among other things, the bill also bans a chemical called phthalates, widely used to make plastic products softer and more flexible. It also doubles the budget for the agency charged with keeping an eye on such hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC estimates there are about 28,000 deaths each year from unsafe toys and other products in the U.S.

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