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December 24, 2007

What Happens After the Recall?

A New York Times article by Louise Story and David Barboza focuses on the aftermath of the recent recalls of lead-tainted products.  The article notes that the recall is only the first step in the process.  The second step is to get the recalled products back and the third to dispose of them.  Strict federal regulations govern the disposal of recalled products, but only those that are returned, and recalls in general generate only limited returns, leaving most of the recalled products in the hands of consumers.  In addition, there is no federal law preventing the resale of recalled products, however.  Nonetheless, e-Bay and others have tried to keep recalled products off the market.  Recalled products may show up in other countries, although how they get there is uncertain.


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