Consumer Product and Cosmetics Reports Received - Quarterly Data January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015


465 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 62%, Consumer 38%

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 23%
Appliances 23%
Electronics 10%
Children’s Products 9%
Home & Automobile Maintenance 9%
Clothing, Textiles & Accessories 8%
Sports, Recreation & Hobby 6%
Grooming Products & Accessories 6%
Outdoor Living 3%

Top 5 product types based on number of reports received

  1. Laundry Soaps or Detergents: 21;
  2. Cosmetics: 20;
  3. Telephones or Accessories: 19;
  4. Bicycles & Accessories (Excl. Mountain or All-Terrain): 14;
  5. Electric Ranges or Ovens (Excl. Counter-Top Ovens): 14.

225 reports including injury

Not every report Health Canada receives involves an injury. Over the time period, injuries, including deaths, were reported in 48% of reports received.


Top 3 Injury Types

  • Irritation/Allergic Reaction: 51;

  • Cut: 41;

  • Burns: 36.

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