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Young America To Host Product Safety Panel Discussion At 2010 ABC Kids Expo

Young America, the industry’s leading brand of nursery and youth furniture, will host a panel discussion on the opening day of the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. Co-hosted by representatives from GREENGUARD® Environmental Institute and Intertek, the conference will address the components and issues surrounding product safety as they relate to children’s furnishings.

The discussion is scheduled to commence at 2pm (PDT) at the Young America booth space (#3101). In addition to Young America’s Product Manager, Ward O’Quinn, the panel of speakers will include Communications Manager, Rachel Belew, from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, Joe Mohorovic, Vice President of Intertek Consumer Goods North America and Alison Rhodes, founder of popular mom blog, SafetyMom.com. In addition, Jackie Sternquist, Director of Marketing and Store Support from Baby Product Experts will moderate the discussion.

“When we considered all of the recalls and product safety issues announced within the infant and youth furniture industry of late, a press conference of this nature made perfect sense,” said O’Quinn. “The time, place and participants were also ideal.”

At last year’s ABC Kids Expo, Young America announced that all of its cribs had achieved the GREENGUARD Children and Schools SM Certification. Since that time, 47 additional products from the Young America product line now carry the elite certification.

GREENGUARD Certification focuses primarily on the indoor air quality of a child’s living space. According to Henning Bloech, Executive Director of GREENGUARD, children spend about 85 percent of their time indoors, where the air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoors.

“At GREENGUARD, we believe that protecting our children’s health and safety is paramount,” said Bloech. “A big part of that responsibility is being able to make informed decisions about the products we purchase for our children—everything from cribs, mattresses and nursery furniture to the myriad of other products and materials to which our children are regularly exposed. This discussion is such an important opportunity to help product manufacturers, suppliers and distributors help  parents create healthier indoor environments for their children. GREENGUARD is happy to be part of it.”

Earlier this year, Young America also made public its relationship with Intertek, one forged to ensure that Young America continues to lead the industry in providing the safest and highest quality nursery and youth furnishings in the industry - beginning with cribs.

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