Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report: Halloween Costumes

Cyclical Enforcement Project: Textile Flammability Regulations (Halloween Costumes)

Fiscal Year 2014/2015

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 focus on Halloween costumes which are subject to the Textile Flammability Regulations.

For this project, compliance of select Halloween costumes with the Textile Flammability Regulations is determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visit establishments and sample any relevant product(s). Compliance with the requirements listed under the regulations is then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.

Prior to initiating this CE Project, the CPSP did not carry out a market survey to quantify the presence of Halloween costumes stakeholders in Canada. Targets were selected from a list of previously known Halloween costumes stakeholders.

Over the course of the 2014/15 fiscal year, flammability testing of twenty-one different products was carried out. The testing resulted in six recalls, one stop distribution, and fourteen instances where no corrective action was required.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall notices for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Results Table
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Alterego Dark Angel Wing Savers Inc. None identified None
Alterego Feather Angel Wings with halo Savers Inc. Flammability hazard Stop distribution by Savers Inc.
Alterego Feather Boa Savers Inc. None identified None
Alterego Witch Hat Savers Inc. None identified None
ArtMinds Craft Boa Michaels Stores Inc. Flammability hazard Voluntary recall by Michaels Stores Inc.
Costumes USA Black Deluxe Fantasy Feather Boa  Halloween City Flammability hazard Voluntary recall by Party City Canada
Costumes USA Dark Side Archangel Wings Halloween City None identified None
Danson Décor Boa Danson Décor Flammability hazard Voluntary recall by Danson Décor
Dollarama Witch dress Dollarama None identified None
Dollarama Witch hat Dollarama None identified None
Dollarama Witch hat with black feathers Dollarama None identified None
Dollarama Witch hat with purple feathers Dollarama None identified None
Forum Novelties Inc. Fluttery Angel Halloween Alley None identified None
Fun World Division (Easter Unlimited Inc.) Fantasy Feather Wings Halloween Alley Flammability hazard Voluntary recall by Fun World Division
Rubie's Let's Pretend Pretty Pixie Rubie's Costume Co. Canada None identified None
Rubie's Pumpkin Junction Orange Butterfly Rubie's Costume Co. Canada None identified None
Season's Bitty Bug Toddler CTG Brands Inc. None identified None
Season's Twilight Fairy Girls' CTG Brands Inc. None identified None
Spirit Halloween Fallen Angel Spirit Halloween None identified None
Spirit Halloween Feather Angel Wings Spirit Halloween Flammability hazard Voluntary recall by Spirit Halloween
Spirit Halloween Feather Boa Spirit Halloween Flammability hazard Voluntary recall by Spirit Halloween

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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