Consumer Product Safety and Cosmetics Reports Received by the Consumer Product Safety Directorate: Quarterly Data from October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018

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Organization: Health Canada

Type : Infographic

Published: 2019-04

The Consumer Product Safety Directorate 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.

705: Number of reports received by the Consumer Product Safety Directorate

Industry is required to submit reports to the Consumer Product Safety Directorate 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 industry reports and consumer reports: 65% and 35% respectively

Percentage of reports received by product category

Appliances: 24%; Housewares: 22%; Children’s Products: 14%; Electronics: 11%; Home and Automobile Maintenance: 8%; Grooming Products and Accessories: 7%; Outdoor Living: 5%; Clothing, Textiles, and Accessories: 4%; Sports, Recreation, and Hobby: 4%.

Note: Total does not always add up to 100 due to rounding

Top 5 product types based on number of reports received

Cosmetics: 43; Electric Ranges or Ovens: 28; Diapers: 27; Thermostats: 25; Telephones or Accessories: 21.

Not every report the Consumer Product Safety Directorate receives involves an injury.  Over the time period, injuries, including deaths, were reported in 42% of reports received.

297: Number of reports including an injury

Top 3 Injury Types

Irritations: 86; Cuts: 68; Burns: 39.

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