Consumer Product and Cosmetics Reports Received - Quarterly Data October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016

Number of reports received by Health Canada: 582

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.


Percentage of industry reports: 60% / Percentage of consumer reports: 40%

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 PercentageFootnote 1
Appliances 24%
Housewares 22%
Children’s Products 16%
Electronics 14%
Home & Automobile Maintenance 9%
Grooming Products & Accessories 5%
Outdoor Living 4%
Clothing, Textiles & Accessories 3%
Sports, Recreation & Hobby 3%
Footnote 1

Note: total does not add up to 100 due to rounding

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Top 5 product types based on number of reports received

  1. Telephones or Accessories: 51
  2. Diapers: 31
  3. Cosmetics: 20
  4. Laundry Soaps or Detergents: 19
  5. Washing Machines, Other or Not Specified: 16

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: 68
  • Burns: 41
  • Cut: 39
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