Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report - Cyclical Enforcement Project 2017-2018: Textile Flammability Regulations (Halloween Costumes)
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 Halloween costumes and accessories with the requirements of the Textile Flammability Regulations.
For this project, compliance of select Halloween costumes with the Textile Flammability Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled relevant products. Compliance with the requirements listed 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 Halloween costume companies in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.
Over the course of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, flammability testing of 21 different products was carried out. The flammability testing resulted in 4 voluntary recalls and 1 stop sale to address non-compliance. There were 16 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|
|Alterego||Black Feather Angel Wings||Savers||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Alterego||Feather Boa||Savers||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Amscan||Deluxe Angel Wings||Party Expert||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Amscan||Disney Beauty and the Beast Belle Children's Costume||Party City||No compliance issues detected||None|
|California Costume||Little Mermaid Children's Costume||Party Bazaar||No compliance issues detected||None|
|California Costume||Tragedy Ann Ragdoll Wig||Halloween Central||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Danson Decor||Costume Penguin||Gift Market Discount Centre||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Danson Decor||Costumes Pirate||Danson Decor||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Dreamgirl||"Ally Kazaam" Genie Costume||Ripsters Halloween Shop||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Fright Night||Princess Costume||Link Product Solutions||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Just pretending||Dress Up Fun Boa||Dollar Tree Stores Canada||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Hip||Feather Boas||Party Market||Did not meet the textile flammability requirement||Voluntary recall by PartyMart.com|
|Party Gear||Witch Hat Headband||CTG Brands Inc.||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Rasta Imposta||Rasta Tam||Halloween Alley||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Rhode Island Novelty||Black Feather Boa with Gold Tinsel||Party Stuff||Did not meet the textile flammability requirement||Voluntary recall by Rhode Island Novelty|
|Rubie’s Humor Wigs||Black Mullet Wig||Rubie's Costume Co. (Canada)||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Rubie's Costume Co.||Black Feather Wings||The Halloween Store||No compliance issues detected||None|
|Secret Wishes||Kissable Kitty||Au Centre du Party||Did not meet the textile flammability requirement||Voluntary recall by Rubie’s Costume Co. (Canada)|
|The Little Princess||Rosebud Angel
|Crazy Halloween||Non-compliant to section 7(a) of the CCPSA||Stop sale by Rubie’s Costume Co. (Canada)|
|LOL Party Centre||No compliance issues detected|
|Touch of Nature||Feather Boas||Gale's Wonderland||Did not meet the textile flammability requirement||Voluntary recall by Midwest Design Imports|
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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