Consumer Product and Cosmetics Reports Received - Quarterly Data April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016


437 reports received by Health Canada

Health Canada regularly receives reports on human health or safety concerns related to consumer products and cosmetics.  Consumer products are covered under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act while cosmetics are covered under the Food and Drugs Act.

Industry 64%, Consumer 36%

Industry is required to submit reports to Health Canada when they become aware of an incident related to their consumer product. Consumers report concerns about consumer products and cosmetics on a voluntary basis.

Percentage of reports received by product category
Category Percentage
Housewares 29%
Appliances 14%
Children’s Products 14%
Electronics 11%
Home & Automobile Maintenance 10%
Grooming Products & Accessories 8%
Outdoor Living 5%
Sports, Recreation & Hobby 5%
Clothing, Textiles & Accessories 4%

Top 5 product types based on number of reports received

  1. Cosmetics: 23;
  2. Laundry Soaps or Detergents: 22;
  3. Diapers: 18;
  4. Telephones or Accessories: 15;
  5. Computers: 14.

225 reports including injury

Not every report Health Canada receives involves an injury. Over the time period, injuries, including deaths, were reported in 39% of reports received.


Top 3 Injury Types

  • Irritation/Allergic Reaction: 62;

  • Burns: 27;

  • Cut: 25.

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