From The Montreal Gazette:

[Currently] When voluntary recalls are initiated, followup action on the part of the companies is optional. This means Health Canada inspectors can’t gauge the effectiveness of recalls because companies are not required to provide statistics about how many defective items have been returned. Conceding government inspectors feel “frustration” by the current state of affairs, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is banking on the quick passage of the Consumer Product Safety Act to give Health Canada the power to recall products…

If the legislation passes, the government for the first time, will have the power to order mandatory recalls of consumer products and will be able to track the effectiveness of those recalls. The bill will also prohibit the manufacture, importation or sale of consumer products that pose an unreasonable danger to human health or safety. It also will require mandatory reporting by suppliers of serious incidents involving their products, including those where injury may have been averted.

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