Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report - Cyclical Enforcement Project 2017-2018: Phthalates Regulations
Fiscal Year 2017-2018
The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and regulations made under it.
The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify industry’s compliance of toys with the requirements of the Phthalates Regulations.
For this project, compliance of select vinyl toys with the Phthalates Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled relevant products. Compliance with the specific requirements under the Regulations was then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.
Prior to initiating this CE project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to determine the presence of toy companies in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.
Over the course of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, chemical testing of 27 different products was carried out. Seven of these products were found not to be made of vinyl [non-polyvinylchloride (PVC)] and therefore did not fall under the Regulations. As a result, 20 products were tested for phthalates and the chemical testing resulted in 3 voluntary recalls. There were 17 instances where no corrective actions were required.
Readers should consult the individual recall and safety notices, if applicable, for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.
|Brand||Product Name||Source of Sample||Determination||Corrective Action|
|Alex Toys LLC||Hoops for the Tub||Mastermind Toys||Did not meet the phthalates requirement||Voluntary recall by Alex Toys LLC|
|Best Brands||Bath Splash||Atlantic Superstore (Loblaw)||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Billy Bob Products||Goofy Toofers Fun Teeth||Halloween Alley||Did not contain vinyl||Not applicable|
|Claire's||Donut Erasers||Claire's||Did not contain vinyl||Not applicable|
|Claire's||Kangaroo Keychain||Claire's||No compliance issues detected||None|
|CTG Brands||Adorable Pony||Loonie Town||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Dollar Novelties Imports||Fish Set||A Buck or Two||Did not meet the phthalates requirement||Voluntary recall by Dollar Novelties|
|Dream Pony / Toy galaxy||Dream Pony Lovely Pony||Dollartheque||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Emoji Face||Jelly Balloon Ball||Loonie Town||Did not contain vinyl||Not applicable|
|Expression de la Vie||Chinese chopsticks with Hello Kitty silicone tip||Expression de la Vie||Did not contain vinyl||Not applicable|
|Forum Novelties||Vampire Teeth White||Imagine le Fun||Did not contain vinyl||Not applicable|
|Funville||Glimmer & Style||Hart||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Hedstrom||Sensory Balls||Education Station||No compliance issues detected||None|
|I want to be…||Michelle Doll||Giant Tiger Wholesale||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Kid Concepts||Bathing Fun||Rossy||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Learning Resources||New Sprouts Picnic||Education Station||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Minion||Minion Goggles||Party City||No compliance issues detected||None|
|OM Baby MayMay||Baby MayMay||Deals for Dollars||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Party City||Vampire Teeth||Party City||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Playwell Enterprises Ltd.||4" PVC Massage Ball- Blue||Playwell Enterprises Ltd.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Schylling||iPop Dinosaurs||BC Playthings||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Screams of Animal Kingdom||Screams of Animal Kingdom||Village des Magi-Prix||Did not meet the phthalates requirement||Voluntary recall by Village Des Magi Prix (9237-7415 Quebec Inc)|
|Spirit Halloween||Children's Skeleton Gloves||Spirit Halloween||Did not contain vinyl||Not applicable|
|The Grossery Gang||The Grossery Gang - Crusty Chocolate Bar||Maison des jouets||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Toy Galaxy||Pretty Princess Fashion Doll||Toy Galaxy||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Toysmith||Colorful Crawlies||BC Playthings||Did not contain vinyl||Not applicable|
|Wonder Ponyland||Horse Family set||Giant Tiger Wholesale||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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