Compliance Verification Project 2020-2021: Flame Jetting

Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and its regulations.

The purpose of this Compliance Verification (CV) project was to verify industry's compliance of alcohol-based fuel products with the requirements of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR, 2001) and sections 7 and 8 of the CCPSA, which states that consumer products that pose a danger to human health or safety are prohibited from sale. Based on the danger considerations discussed in the Danger Determination Notice sent to interested parties in the fall of 2019, Health Canada believes that certain containers of pourable alcohol-based fuel that do not have a functional flame mitigation device for the useful life of the product pose a danger to human health or safety under the CCPSA.

For this project, compliance of select alcohol-based fuel products with the CCCR, 2001 were determined through a review of establishment records requested by Health Canada inspectors. Compliance to the CCPSA was determined through the verification of the presence of Flame Mitigation Devices (FMD) on select alcohol-based fuel products.

Prior to initiating this CV project, the CPSP carried out market intelligence and inspections to determine the presence of alcohol-based fuel product companies in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.

During this project, 15 different products were visually evaluated for the presence of a FMD and their CCCR, 2001 documentation was reviewed. The evaluation resulted in 3 recalls due to the lack of a FMD and 1 voluntary commitment to address non-compliance to the CCCR, 2001. There were 8 instances where no corrective action was required and 3 instances where the products were determined not to meet the scope of the project.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall and safety notices, if applicable, for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Summary of the samples assessed and corrective actions taken during this project
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Captain Phab Marine Alcohol Captain Phab Marine and RV Care Currently off the market, pending sourcing of a FMD None
Decoflam Methanol based fondue gel Lembex Import No compliance issues detected None
Decoflam Ethanol gel fuel Lembex Import No compliance issues detected None
Decoflam Ethanol liquid fuel Lembex Import No compliance issues detected None
Eco-Feu Superior Quality BioEthanol Eco-Feu No compliance issues detected None
Imperial Squeeze'n'
light Gel Firestarter
Kel Kem Ltd. dba Imperial Manufacturing Group Did not meet the technical specifications for the presentation and/or location of information requirements Voluntary Commitment
Onward Manufacturing GrillPro Starter Fluid for Charcoal BBQ Home Depot Determined not to meet the scope of the project None
Recochem Blue flame fondue fuel Metro Product was not equipped with a flame mitigation device (FMD) Voluntary Recall by Recochem Inc.
Royal Oak All Natural Lighter Fluid Royal Oak Enterprises, LLC Product was not equipped with a flame mitigation device (FMD) Voluntary Recall by Royal Oak Enterprises, LLC
SBI Fire Lighting Gel TSC Stores No compliance issues detected None
Swissmar Swiss Fire Gel Swissmar Ltd. Product was not equipped with a flame mitigation device (FMD) Voluntary Recall by Swissmar Ltd.
Unique DracoGel combustible à fondue Produits Sanitaire Unique No compliance issues detected None
Unique BBQ Allume-feu liquide Produits Sanitaire Unique No compliance issues detected None
Various Various Products Lowes Determined not to meet the scope of the project None
Woods Canada Various Products Canadian Tire Determined not to meet the scope of the project None

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and evaluation. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed. Due to this biased nature and the fact that evaluation sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually evaluated and the specific criteria indicated. Evaluation by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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