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SGS Announces Health Canada Acts to Ban Small, Powerful Magnet Sets
In November 2013, Health Canada published a notice addressing the danger of children’s toys containing small powerful magnets or magnetic components.
Preventing Dangers of Magnet Sets
Health Canada has determined that small, powerful magnets can endanger the health and safety of consumers. Such magnets can be easily swallowed and attract one another across intestinal walls while moving through the digestive system resulting in blockages and intestinal wall tearing, the consequences of which can be extremely serious and life threatening. Health Canada is aware of two fatalities of children who swallowed small, powerful magnets.
Small Magnet – Definition
A “small” magnet or magnetic component is defined as one which fits completely within a small parts cylinder per the toy safety regulation and “powerful”
Certain exemptions apply where a magnet or magnetic component is necessary for the intended function of a toy including such things as electric motors, relays or speakers. When a component requires this type of magnetic property which is not part of the intended play mode, this factor will be considered when the overall safety of the toy is assessed by Health Canada.
Health Canada Act to Ensure Consumer Safety
Health Canada emphasizes that it is the responsibility of manufacturers, importers and retailers to ensure that the products they market in Canada are safe for consumers.
The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (http://laws-
(1) Health Canada Survey (http://www.hc-
About SGS Services for Toys and Juvenile Products
SGS is committed to providing information about development in regulations for consumer products as complimentary services. Throughout the SGS global network of laboratories, SGS is able to provide a wide range of services including physical/mechanical testing (http://www.sgs.com/
Please do not hesitate to contact the SGS experts for further information.
SGS Consumer Testing Services
Technical Director, Toys
SGS – North America
291 Fairfield Avenue,
Fairfield, NJ 07004, USA
t: +1 973 575 5252 ext. 22038
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