Compliance Verification Project 2021-2022: Toys Regulations (Children’s Costumes)
Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report
Fiscal Year 2021-2022
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 children's costumes with specific flammability and packaging requirements of the Toys Regulations.
For this project, compliance of select children's costumes with the Toys Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors sampled relevant products from online establishments. Compliance with the requirements listed under the Regulations was then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.
Prior to initiating this CV project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to determine the presence of children's costume companies in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.
Over the course of the 2021-2022 fiscal year, flammability testing of 25 different products was carried out. Additionally, mechanical testing and label review was performed on the packaging of 17 of the 25 products. Eight products did not require mechanical testing or label review as they were not packaged in flexible film bags. The testing resulted in four recalls, two stop sales and six commitments to address non-compliances. There were 13 instances in which no corrective action was required.
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|
|Claire's||Rainbow Feather Wings||Claire's||No compliance issues detected||None|
|CTG Brand's Inc.||Let's Party Feather Boa||Toy Sense||Did not meet warning statement requirements on the packaging||Stop Sale by CTG Brands Inc.|
|Disguise||Gekko Classic Toddler Costume PJ Mask||Giggles||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Disguise||Moana Deluxe Child Wig||Glow The Event Store||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Forum Novelties Inc.||Children's Royal Twilight Princess Dress (lot # 41693)||The Costume Shoppe||Did not meet the flammability requirements||Voluntary recall by The Costume Shoppe|
|Forum Novelties Inc.||Children's Royal Twilight Princess Dress (lot # 47335)||The Costume Shoppe||Did not meet labelling requirements for flexible film bags||Forum Novelties Inc. is no longer in business. Commitment by Rubies II, LLC to update warning statements|
|Fun World||Butterfly wings||Just Imagine Costumes||Did not meet labelling requirements for flexible film bags||Commitment by Just Imagine Costumes to update warning statements|
|Fun World||Lu E.L. Pumpkin Boy Costume||Oya Costumes||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Garland Supply Company Ltd.||Child long bright coloured wig (pink)||Danson Decor Inc.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Great Pretenders||Butterfly Dress with Wings and Wand||Creative Education of Canada, Inc.||Did not meet the flammability requirements||Voluntary recall by Creative Education of Canada|
|Hape||Chef Apron set with accessories||Granville Island Toy Company||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Hop Skip Sparkle||Fairy Princess Dress||Toys "R" Us Canada Ltd.||Did not meet the flammability requirements||Voluntary recall by Toys "R" Us Canada Ltd.|
|LionTouch||Kings cape triple lion||Presse Commerce Distribution||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Lucida Handicraft Co., Ltd.||Girl's Deluxe Costume (Purple and Black)||Danson Decor Inc.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Montoy||Fairy wings||Dollarama||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Rubies II, LLC||Kids Skye Costume||Rubies II, LLC||Did not meet the flammability requirements||Voluntary recall by Rubies II, LLC|
|Rubies II, LLC||Simply Santa Claus with Beard Christmas Suit||Dazzling Costumes||Did not meet labelling requirements for flexible film bags||Commitment by Rubies II, LLC to update warning statements|
|Rubies II, LLC||Pinkie The Poodle Dog||Dazzling Costumes||Did not meet labelling requirements for flexible film bags||Commitment by Rubies II, LLC to update warning statements|
|Rubies II, LLC||Batman||Giant Tiger Stores Limited||Did not meet labelling requirements for flexible film bags||Commitment by Rubies II, LLC to update warning statements|
|Rubies II, LLC||Gryffindor Robe Deluxe||Party Stuff!||Did not meet labelling requirements for flexible film bags||Commitment by Rubies II, LLC to update warning statements|
|Spirit Halloween||Soul Taker||Spirit Halloween||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Suit Yourself Costume Co.||Classic Clown Costume for Kids||Groupe Party-Expert Inc.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Suit Yourself Costume Co.||Lil Witch Costume||Canadian Tire Corp. (Party City)||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Underwraps Costumes||Ghostly Spirit Glow In The Dark Girls Costume||Halloween Alley||Did not meet the bilingual labelling requirement for flexible film bags||Stop Sale by Underwraps Costumes|
|Woodpecker Toys||Unicorn Cape||Woodpecker Toys||No compliance issues detected||None|
Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. 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 of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CV projects are very small, the findings of CV projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).
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