Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report - Cyclical Enforcement Project 2016-2017: Cosmetic Regulations (Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone)

Fiscal Year 2016-2017

Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetic Regulations made under it. Ingredients listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist may contravene the Food and Drugs Act or the Cosmetic Regulations if present in a cosmetic.

The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify industry’s compliance of cosmetics with specific requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Cosmetic Regulations. Certain substances on the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist indicated as being prohibited or restricted for use in cosmetics were tested, specifically methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MI), and MCI/MI in combination.

To comply with the restrictions of MCI and MI, and MCI/MI in combination, establishments discontinued, reformulated or disposed of their products. For this project, Health Canada inspectors verified compliance by visiting companies to assess cosmetic products by visual examination on site or by sampling and then testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.

Prior to initiating this CE project, CPSP carried out a market survey to determine the presence of cosmetic companies in Canada. This effort resulted in CPSP sending out a notice advising companies of the risks posed by MCI and MI, and MCI/MI in combination, and of the new hotlist restrictions. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.   

Over the course of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, inspections at 40 establishments for 90 different products were carried out. Of these 90 products, chemical testing of 14 different products was carried out.  The inspections and chemical testing resulted in 1 voluntary recall and 15 stop sales to address non-compliance. There were 74 instances where no corrective action was required.

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
AG Hair STUCCO Matte Clay Paste AG Hair Cosmetics Leave-on product containing MCI/MI in combination available for sale Stop sale by AG Hair Cosmetics
Ainhoa Luxe Facial Mask; Luxe Gold Eye Essence; Luxe Gold Facial Mask; Olive Eye Contour Cream; Olive Facial Mask; Sensitive Eye Gel Mask; Aquasense Rehydrating Mask; Aquasense Moisturizing Gel Matt Effect; Men Vitality 24-Hours Cream; Facial Mask; Eye Soother Cream Alicante Distribution, Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Amethyste Sebo Control Shampoo Naturadif Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Biogénie AB5302 Nourishing Cream with Vitamin C Biogénie Concept No compliance issues detected None
Cake Beauty Inc. Be Delectable Ultra 2 oz Nourishing Hand Creams - Vanilla and Cream; Coconut and Cream; Strawberry and Cream; Lemon and Cream Cake Beauty Inc. Leave-on product containing MCI/MI in combination available for sale Stop sale by Cake Beauty
California Tan Color Perfecting Complex Sunless Detail Pen New Sunshine LLC No compliance issues detected None
Carlina Carlina-Normalizing Cream, with Plant Extracts Groupe CH International No compliance issues detected None
Clairissime Clairissime Skin Cream with Ubiquinone NHP Consulting No compliance issues detected None
Clarins Canada Super Restorative Replenshing Comfort Mask The Bay No compliance issues detected None
DCL Dermatological Cosmetic Laboratories Hydrating Serum Dermatological Cosmetic Laboratories No compliance issues detected None
Dr. Wu Ultimate Hydrating Mask with Hyaluronic Acid Uncle T Foods No compliance issues detected None
Elmar Elmar Body Lotion Bayoumis Consulting Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Essentiel Lavendar Bubble Bath Le Groupe Ultrapac Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Estebel Energizing Water for Body Billion Ventures International No compliance issues detected None
Exact Sport Gel, Unscented; Extra Firm Hold Gel; Ultimate Hold Gel-Sport; Mega Hold Gel Loblaw Companies Ltd. No compliance issues detected None
Farouk Systems Inc. CHI Tea Tree Blow Dry Primer Lotion Chatters Hair/Beauty Salon Leave-on product with MI alone in excess of permitted concentration Voluntary recall by Farouk Systems Inc.
Hortus Fratis Three Oil Nourishing Mask; Active Protection Cream with Olive Oil TJX Canada      No compliance issues detected None
ICS; Hyaluro- Perfume X03 Anti-aging Elixir Serum; X05 Anti-aging Cream; X06 Anti-aging Filler Cream; 558 Forever; 555 For Him; 518 Vita; 505 Sport; 588 Secret Forma Canada No compliance issues detected None
Idelle Labs, Ltd. Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Leave-in Treatment Soothing Crème; Infusium 23 Repair & Renew Leave-in Treatment Heat Tamer DSA Consultants No compliance issues detected None
Innova Cils Innova Cils Transparent Mascara Gel Distribution De toute beauté Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Joico Structure Paste Flexible Adhesive Piidea Canada, Ltd. No compliance issues detected None
La Mer; Tommy Hilfiger Max Huber La Mer Moisturizing Cream; Hilfiger Woman Pear Blossom Eau de Parfum Spray Estée Lauder No compliance issues detected None
Laboratoire HT26 Moisturizing Milk Preparation; Mulit-hydrating Creme; Topsygel Hand Creme; Topsygel Shower Emulsion; Multi-moisturizing Care HT26 Canada No compliance issues detected None
Life Brand Extra Firm Hold Gel; Hair Gel Sport Trial; Ultimate Hold Gel-Sport; Hair Gel Extreme Hold; Mega Hold Gel Shoppers Drug Mart No compliance issues detected None
Life Brand; Compliments; Equate; Exact Extreme Hold Gel; Ultimate Hold Gel; Extra Hard Hold Gel; Mega Hold Gel Haines Celestial Canada, ULC No compliance issues detected None
Lise Watier Lift and Firm Ultra Firming Rejuvenating Day Creme Groupe Marcelle Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Marc Anthony True Professional Argan Oil of Morroco 3 Day Smooth Blow Dry Marc Anthony Cosmetics, Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Maria Galland Nano Mask Caviar 81 Nucro Technics No compliance issues detected None
Matis Gentle Body Milk Summum Beauté International No compliance issues detected None
NYX Two Timer Eyeliner L’Oréal Canada Inc. No compliance issues detected None
ORS Olive Oil No Lye Hair Relaxer - Normal; Olive Oil Hair Relaxer- Extra Strength; Olive Oil Professional Incredibly Rich Hair Lotion; Olive Oil Incredibly Rich Moisturizing Hair Lotion; Olive Oil Crème Hair Dress; Wrap-Set Mousse; Smooth & Hold Pudding; Carrot Oil Hair Dress Namaste Laboratories LLC Leave-on products containing MCI/MI in combination available for sale Stop sale by Namaste Laboratories LLC
Otto Keunis Morrocain Argan Oil Elixir Shampoo; Morrocain Argan Oil Elixir Conditioner;
Morrocain Argan Oil Elixir Hair Mask; Morrocain Argan Oil Elixir Silky Spray; Morrocain Argan Oil Elixir Curl Cream; Argan Oil 5 + Hydrating Shampoo; Argan Oil 5 + Hydrating Conditioner; Argan Oil 5 + Hydrating Mask; Argan Oil 5 + Shine Spray
Distribution Belly Belle No compliance issues detected None
Perfect Hand Perfect Hand Enterprise Perfect Hand Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Proclaim Cocoa and Shea Butter Hand and Body Lotion with Aloe Vera;
Coconut & Macadamia Nut Oil Hand and Body Lotion; Shea Butter Leave-In Moisturizer
Sally Beauty Supply No compliance issues detected None
Quannessence Deep Pore Salicylic Cleanser; Multi-Fruit Peel Cleanser BioSpa (Quann) Cosmeceuticals Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair-Soy Tri Wheat Leave-In Conditioner Sexy Concepts LLC Leave-on product containing MCI/MI in combination available for sale Stop sale by Sexy Concepts LLC
Solana INTANSE Lotion; SEA BREEZE Cream Distributions Solana No compliance issues detected None
Tri Hair-Institute of Trichology Tridesign Gel Spray Diagnostic and Designs Inc. Leave-on product containing MCI/MI in combination available for sale Stop sale by Diagnostic and Designs Inc.
Vita Derm Vita Derm Mascara; Crème; Impact gel; Leave-in Shampoo Maison Brazil Beauty Centre and Supply No compliance issues detected None
Vitabeads Collection Body Lotion-White Tea Scent Dollar Tree Stores Canada, Inc. 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 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 tested and the specific criteria indicated. Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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