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Dec. 14 Cda: Industry and Environmental Groups Applaud Passage of Consumer Safety Legislation

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From: Environmental Defence

The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA) and Environmental Defence applaud last night’s passage of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act by the Senate of Canada.  The new Act is an update to the 40-year old Hazardous Products Act.

The European Union and the United States currently have laws that enable their governments to make mandatory product recalls and to order product safety tests, and now Canada does too. Prior to this new legislation, recalls were only made by companies voluntarily.

The commitment to reintroduce the proposed Act was made in the March 3, 2010 speech from the Throne and the legislation was reintroduced on June 9, 2010. The Bill was passed unanimously by the House of Commons on October 29, 2010; and, as of last night, the Bill has passed the Senate.  We thank all Parliamentarians for their thorough review of the Bill over the past year.

We will keep you informed of any changes resulting from this new legislation.

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