The following sites provide consumer information regarding product safety and product recalls:
Canadian Government Sites:
U.S. Government Sites:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR GARAGE SALE / RECYCLE VENDORS AND CLIENTS
Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Directorate advises patrons of Freecycle and other free recycling groups, distributors of second-hand products as well as shoppers of such items that Canadian consumer product safety requirements must be followed.
Sellers have a responsibility under the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the Food and Drugs Act (Cosmetics Regulations) with respect to the safety of consumer products. The HPA and the Food and Drugs Act (Cosmetics Regulations) are federal statutes administered by the Product Safety Program of Health Canada.
The HPA and its regulations do not distinguish between new and used products. Any person who sells, distributes, or GIVES AWAY products not complying with the current legislation is breaking the law in Canada. By selling or GIVING AWAY an item that poses a hazard, a person could also be liable in a civil court of law. Do not sell or GIVE AWAY products if they are banned, damaged, or missing labeling or instructions.
- Health Canada’s “Information for dealers of second-hand products”
- Health Canada’s “Facts for garage sale vendors”
Buyers should be aware of the potential risks of obtaining items online, at second-hand stores, flea markets, or when borrowing from friends or family.
In Canada, even though it is the seller’s responsibility to ensure their products are safe, meet current safety guidelines, and have not be been recalled, an informed consumer is better equipped to make safer purchases. Before buying any product, check with the manufacturer or Health Canada to see if it has been recalled.
If you find that a product you bought has been recalled and the problem has not been corrected, destroy the product so it cannot be used by someone else, and throw it away. Additionally, do not purchase products if they are banned, damaged, or missing labels or instructions.
Consumer products that have been recalled should not be sold, distributed or given away.