Almar Sales Co., Inc. Disputes Lead Claims Made by Consumer Advocacy Group

Nov 23, 2010, 19:37 ET from Almar Sales Co., Inc.

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Almar Sales Co., Inc., a leader in Children's Toys, Novelty and Fashion Accessories, speaks out against claims made by the Washington Public Interest Research Group. Earlier today, the group published their annual "Trouble in Toyland" report and cited Almar for lead paint concerns in Princess Expressions products.

Allen R. Ashkenazie, Vice President of Almar Sales Co., Inc., was quick to respond and dispute claims made by the consumer advocacy group. "As Designers, Manufacturers and Importers of some of the finest Children's products in the USA, it is our responsibility to ensure all of our products meet the highest safety standards and legal requirements. Our level of quality standards and safety requirements far exceed industry standards, with safety inspections at raw material suppliers."

The current product in question, PRINCESS TIARA AND JEWELRY SET, meets United States Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 regulations. In addition, Almar is working to ensure that products adhere to state law, such as California's Proposition 65. All products meet or exceed the CPSIA 2008 ruling and certificates are available upon request. All toys undergo rigorous safety testing and follow the standard consumer safety specifications for Toys ASTM F963, which covers lead content, packaging, warnings, safety, potential hazards, flammability, etc. In addition, the plastic toy products and components are phthalate free. Almar runs phthalate tests for all known harmful forms including DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DNOP, and DIDP.

Almar works diligently and efficiently to ensure all products meet these standards of safety and legal requirements, and will continue to do so to protect their product integrity.

About Almar Sales Company

Almar Sales Company was founded by Jack Ash in 1965 and is under the leadership of its founders' sons, as well as industry experts in sales, marketing, merchandising and operations. Almar specializes in Designing, Manufacturing and Distributing Fashion Hair Accessories, Costume Jewelry, Cosmetics, Children's Toys and Novelty Items. Almar is a leader in its industries and is one of the largest companies of its kind.  Almar is known by its clients to create new, exciting, innovative products on a daily basis. Almar is also known to carry the highest level of inventories in all its product categories, making it a one stop shop for retailers – specializing in "Just-In-Time" product. For over 45 years, Almar has been a reliable source for innovative, safe, quality and dependable products and is a reliable and valuable partner to some of the largest retailers in the US and around the world.

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