Consumer Concern: Canadian Product Safety Measures May Finally Take Effect

In its 2007 Throne Speech, Canada's Conservative government promised to introduce measures on product safety "to ensure that families have confidence in the quality and safety of what they buy."

With the reintroduction of the Consumer Products Safety Act (CPSA), the original version of which died on the order paper when the government called an election in 2008, the government was well on its way to fulfilling that promise.

On Notice

The law requires manufacturers, importers and sellers to report "incidents" to Health Canada. An incident includes an "occurrence in Canada or elsewhere," such as a defect, a characteristic or incorrect information on a label that might reasonably be expected to result in death, serious injury or adverse effect on health. It also includes a recall initiated by a foreign entity, provincial government, public body or aboriginal government.


Julius Melnitzer

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