Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report: Halloween Costumes
Cyclical Enforcement Project: Textile Flammability Regulations (Halloween Costumes)
Fiscal Year 2014/2015
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.
Readers should consult the individual recall notices for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.
|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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