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Asian toymakers could save “millions” on rewrite of safety laws

Asian toymakers supplying most of the world’s dolls and games say their costs may drop 15 percent if US and European Union watchdogs streamline regulations on chemicals in children’s playthings.

American and European Union laws contain different measurements for acceptable amounts of compounds in toys, so Barbie dolls and Thomas the Tank Engine trains undergo different tests tailored to their destinations. Some states have different restrictions to the federal government, and some European nations set different limits to the EU.