Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report – Cyclical Enforcement Project: Matches Regulations 2015-2016

Cyclical Enforcement Project: Matches Regulations

Fiscal Year 2015/2016

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 compliance of matches which are subject to the Matches Regulations.

For this project, compliance of select matches with the Matches Regulations was determined through an assessment of test reports received from industry by Health Canada inspectors.  

Prior to initiating this CE project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to quantify the presence of match stakeholders in Canada. This effort was followed by the distribution of an outreach letter advising industry of the upcoming project and clarifying requirements of the Matches Regulations. Targets were then selected from that list of companies. 

Over the course of the 2015/2016 fiscal year, assessments of six test reports and testing of two of these products were carried out. This resulted in two stop sales, three stop distributions, two commitments to address non-compliance and one instance where no corrective action was required.

Results
Readers should consult the individual recall notices, as applicable, for details of any products subject to enforcement action.

Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Coghlan’s Wooden Safety Matches Coghlan’s Ltd. Did not meet the ignition compound uniformity and the wooden splints requirements Commitment by Coghlan’s Ltd.
Fancy Flames Long Matches North American Country Home Documents not provided to Health Canada within the required 15 days Stop sale by North American Country Home
Ner Mitzvah and Oppenheimer Wood Matches Altra Foods Inc. Documents not provided to Health Canada within the required 15 days Stop sale by Altra Foods Inc.
Red Bird Strike Anywhere Matches Eddy Match Company Ltd. No compliance issues detected None
touch Kitchen Wood Matches Les industries Touch Did not meet the ignition compound uniformity, the striking tip and the wooden splints requirements Commitment by Les industries Touch
UCO Stormproof Matches Cabela’s Canada Did not meet the labelling and the disintegration of ignition compound requirements Stop distribution by Industrial Revolution
UCO Waterproof Matches Red Pine Outdoor Equipment Did not meet the labelling requirements Stop distribution by Industrial Revolution
Uniflame Safety Matches Rona Documents not provided to Health Canada within the required 15 days and did not meet the labelling requirements Stop distribution by Rona

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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