Consumer Product Enforcement Summary Report: Cyclical Enforcement Project 2017-2018: Toys Regulations (Boric acid and salts of boric acid requirement)

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 with the boric acid and salts of boric acid requirements of the Toys Regulations.

For this project, compliance of select toys to the Toys Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled relevant products. Compliance to 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, testing of 29 different products was carried out. The testing resulted in 3 voluntary recalls. There were 26 instances where no corrective action was 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
6ix Slimes Smore Scented Caramel Slime 2 oz Option Etsy Did not meet the boric acid requirement Voluntary recall by 6ixSlimes
Amaco (American Art Clay Co.) Cloud Clay DeSerres No compliance issues detected None
Bojeux Tuttie Frutti - Scented Modeling Dough Brain Candy Toys No compliance issues detected None
Daiso Wheat flour modelling dough (white, green, red, yellow) Daiso No compliance issues detected None
Demco en Couleurs Inc. Pâte à modeler bleue - Blue Modeling Clay Scolart No compliance issues detected None
DTSC Imports Dough Modeling Dough (green, orange, yellow, pink) Dollar Tree No compliance issues detected None
Dunecraft Ooey Gooey Snotty Slime Chapters No compliance issues detected None
Floof S'more Party Incredible Novelties Inc. Did not meet the boric acid requirement Voluntary recall by Incredible Novelties Inc.
Fun Frag/Ed Debroise Pâte à modeler révolutionnaire - Patarev/
Modeling Clay - Patarev
Hobby 3000 - Passe-temps 3000 No compliance issues detected None
Funstuff Plastimodal Modelling Clay Reeves and Poole Group No compliance issues detected None
Funtastic Majic Snow Daiso No compliance issues detected None
MadMattr Doh Les Entreprises FDMT No compliance issues detected None
Magister Corporation REP Putty - Resistive Exercise Putty Brault & Bouthillier No compliance issues detected None
Melissa & Doug Cut, Sculpt and Roll Education Station No compliance issues detected None
Morph Morph Castello No compliance issues detected None
Multi-Craft Clay-Dough Dollar and Cents No compliance issues detected None
Putty Peeps Putty Peeps Halikids No compliance issues detected None
Paulinda Super Dough (Koala) Kite and Kaboodle Did not meet the boric acid requirement Voluntary recall by Reeves International, Inc.
Play-doh Play-doh - Modeling Compound Walmart No compliance issues detected None
Prang Prang Modeling Clay (blue, yellow and green) Dixon Ticonderoga Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Sandtastik Model 'N Mold Sculpting Sand Sandtastik No compliance issues detected None
Scientific Explorer Light up Ice Putty Tambourin store No compliance issues detected None
Selectum Selectum Modelling Fun Dough/Pâte à modeler (yellow color dough) Link Products No compliance issues detected None
Silly Putty Changeables   No compliance issues detected None
Spin Master Kinetic Sand Volcano Island Spin Master No compliance issues detected None
Sweet Shoppe Sands Alive! Incredible Novelties Inc. No compliance issues detected None
Thinking Putty Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld Stortz Toys No compliance issues detected None
Toysmith Mini Clay (pink, red, yellow, green) Granville Island Toy Company No compliance issues detected None
Scentos Scented Dough Michaels 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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