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Health Canada

August 15, 2007 18:32 ET

Health Canada: Health Minister Clement Expresses Concerns Over Recent Toy Recall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2007) - Responding to increasing toy recalls due to safety and health concerns, federal Health Minister Tony Clement has expressed concern over the issue.

"Canadian parents are concerned about the safety and health of their children, and I want them to know that our government shares their concern and intends to take action," said Minister Clement. "We will be looking at the gaps in the powers that we have and where we need to go further given the current situation and the global economy."

Canada's New Government will continue to work with foreign governments and agencies, including Chinese officials, to ensure that imported products comply with Canadian standards and regulations. As well, the importation of products from abroad and the safety standards of those products will be one of the issues discussed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he meets with the President of the United States and the President of Mexico at the upcoming North American Leader's Summit.

The department's regular market surveys test products for compliance with the legislated safety requirements. Product recalls are monitored to ensure that non-complying products are removed from the market, and Canadians are informed when hazardous products are found.

The department also provides training, guidance and advice to Canadian industry so that they know about the applicable Acts and Regulations for the products they purchase abroad and bring into Canada.

"Canadians need to be confident that the products we buy for ourselves and our families are safe and healthy. I have asked Health Canada officials to assess our current policies and provide ways to strengthen them."

"Canada's New Government is committed to ensuring the health and safety of Canadians from hazardous consumer products imported into Canada," stated Minister Clement.

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    Minister of Health
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