Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report - Cyclical Enforcement Project 2017-2018: Phthalates Regulations

Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Summary

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.

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
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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