New consumer product safety act strengthens consumer protection
(NC)—Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), which came into effect in June 2011, Health Canada now has stronger and more modern legislative powers to help address hazards to the health and safety of Canadians posed by consumer products.
The Act spells out industry's obligations and provides Health Canada with the tools to take action when necessary.
If you or someone you know has become ill or injured after coming into contact with a consumer product, you are encouraged to report the incident to the manufacturer or the retailer from which the product was bought as soon as possible. Under the CCPSA, companies who become aware of an incident related to their products are required to report to Health Canada. This critical information provides Health Canada with timely knowledge about health and safety hazards related to consumer products. This allows Health Canada to make important safety decisions about the products we use, including ordering a recall of products that do not comply with the new law. The Act also allows Health Canada to impose fines, and in the most severe cases, press criminal charges against those who have contravened the Act or its regulations.
If consumers experience a health or safety related incident with a consumer product, they are encouraged to report such incidents directly to the retailer or manufacturer. Consumers can also report the incident to Health Canada at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/reportaproduct or by phone toll-free at 1-866-662-0666.
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