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Carlo Klemm

Safer toys coming, but not with Santa Claus

August 13, 2009

Canadian Medical Association Journal

by Hannah Thibedeau

Excerpt:

Proposed Canadian legislation to help stop dangerous toys from landing on store shelves, and in the hands of young children, may not be in effect before the Christmas rush.

Bill C-6, The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) was introduced in parliament on Jan. 29 but has yet to become law. While the bill has reached the senate, a potential fall election could delay it from receiving Royal Assent for many more months.

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"There was one brand of toy that had a significant level of a date rape drug in it; another board game had asbestos in it. It became very clear that summer, that there was a profound breakdown of consumer product protection, oversight by governments and a very severe breach of public trust by toy manufacturers."

The federal government decided it was time to change the law that ensures the safety of children's toys. The Hazardous Products Act (HPA) hadn't been substantially changed to address consumer product safety since it was introduced in 1969.

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If Bill C-6 becomes law, when a company knows it has a problem with a toy, it will be required by law to inform Health Canada. It will also force manufacturers to have documentation for their products. Under the current legislation, when a company brings a toy into the country, they are only required to meet Canadian standards; they're not required to test their product. With Bill C-6, when Health Canada requests a test report, the company must deliver it.

And companies that repeatedly violate the law will be fined anywhere from $250 000 to $5 million and/or face imprisonment for six months to five years, depending on the violation. Veitch insists these fines will be used sparingly.

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What a shame - the one time you really need government to step in and it holds back. We have the same problem here I'm afraid.

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