Jamie Doran , Manager of Intrinsik Health Science’s Chemicals & Consumer Products recently published the following chapter: Nonclinical Safety Assessment: Canada; in the book : Nonclincal Safety Assessments. A Guide to International Pharmaceutical Regulations. Editors William J. Brock ,Kenneth l. Hastings, Kathy M. McGown. 

For further information, you can contact Jamie at jdoran@intrinsik.com.

Chemicals and Consumer Products - Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls. March 08, 2013

US

None

Canada

None

Europe

The product “Summer Drive” was “withdrawn from market” due to the presence of Chromium (VI) in the leather of the gloves. Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions. 

For more details, please see number 18 in the following table.

The toys “Natalie” and “Clément, Clémentine” plastic dolls, “Belle Kitchen Set”, and “Unknown” baby doll were “banned from product marketing” and/or “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), and/or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 4, 5, 6, and 17 in the following table

The jewellery “Unknown” Pimkie earrings were “withdrawn from the market” due to the release of nickel and/or cadmium in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH regulations. 

For more details, please see numbers 24 and 25 in the following table

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Chemicals and Consumer Products - Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls. February 22, 2013

US

None

Canada

“Aromex brand reed diffusers” were recalled due to lack of mandatory labelling and child-resistant closures as required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001. The product contains ingredients that can be hazardous if aspiration occurs. 

For more details, please see the following link.

Europe

The toys “Dinosaur Collection”, “POP GIRL – Girl Fashion series”, “Lady like princess”, “The Girl’s House a Little Princess”, “The Beautiful Girl Set, My Delicate Fashion Vogue Girl”, “Beautiful, Miss world”, “A Fashion Charming”, “Soft toy (name unknown)”, “Dream girl”, and “Zoolife Popeyes”,  were “withdrawn from the market”, “banned from product marketing”, “recalled from end users” and/or “import rejected at border” due to the presence of  di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). According to the REACH Regulation, DEHP is prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children. 

For more details, please see numbers 8, 11, 13, 14, 26, 28, 29, 37, 41, 43 in the following table

The toy “Sensory Plush Pols” was “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of azo dyes releasing 4-aminoazobenzene in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH Regulation. 

For more details, please see number 11 in the following table. 

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Intrinsik Scientist added to FNEHIN list of Approved Researchers

We are pleased to announce that Claire McAuley, a senior scientist in Intrinsik’s Calgary office, has been added to the First Nations Environmental Health Innovation Network’s (FNEHIN) researcher directory.  This select database is intended to provide First Nations communities and Tribal Councils with a list of approved researchers with demonstrated experience and expertise in specific research areas.

Claire has a considerable amount of experience conducting research for First Nations and other clients in areas such as:

  • Traditional food and vegetation studies;
  • Human health risk assessments associated with mining, hydroelectric developments, pipelines and tankfarms;
  • Mercury in fish;
  • Surface water quality assessments; and,
  • Contaminants in snow.

If you would like further information on how Claire and her colleagues at Intrinsik can assist you with these types of First Nations issues, please contact her at cmcauley@intrinsik.com

Chemicals and Consumer Products - Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls. February 8, 2013

US

None

Canada

"Wildwood Home Fragrance Products” including “Reed Diffusers”, “Reed Diffuser Refills” and “Refresher Oils” were recalled due to the lack of mandatory labelling and child-resistant closures as required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001. The products contain ingredients that can be hazardous if ingested and subsequently aspirated. 

For more details, please see the following link.

Europe

The toys “Sponge Bob Print & Colour”, “Wrestling Fight”, “Vogue Girl Doll” and “Toy Telephone” were “withdrawn from the market” and/or “banned from product marketing” due to the presence of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and/or dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Consumers were also warned of the risks associated with the “Plastic Bath Toys” due to the presence of di-isononyl phthalate (DINP). According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP is prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 1, 7, 14, 16, 26 in the following table.

The product “Extra Strong Glue, Multipurpose” was “recalled from end users” and “seized by the authorities” due to the presence of benzene.  Benzene is carcinogenic and mutagenic.  The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 8 in the following table.

The FRAMS “Antibacterial gel” was “withdrawn from the market” and  “recalled from end users” due to the presence of methanol and the lack of danger symbols, danger indication, risk warnings or cautionary advice for this preparation, which should at least be classified as toxic.  Methanol leads to damage to the central nervous system, in particular to the optic nerves, and also to the kidneys, liver, heart and other organs. In addition, the packaging does not have a child-resistant lid.  The product does not comply with Directive 1999/45/EC relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations.

For more details, please see number 38 in the following table.

The Dicota “Backpack for notebook” was “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of dimethylfumarate (DMF).  Dimethylfumarate is a substance which is strongly sensitising on contact with the skin, and consumer products containing dimethylfumarate are banned according to the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 23 in the following table.

The toy “Rag doll” was “withdrawn from the market” due to the presence of azo dyes (aminoazobenzene) in excess of the limit outlined in the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 33 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Chemicals and Consumer Products - Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls. January 25, 2013

The following consumer products were recently recalled due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in Canada, the United States, or Europe:

US

None

Canada

The product “Pomeroy/San Miguel Reed Diffusers and Refills” was recalled due to the lack of  mandatory labelling and child-resistant closure as required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001.  The product contains ingredients that can be hazardous if ingested and subsequently aspirated. For more details, please see the following link.

The products “Simply Charming Hair Clips”, “Assorted Rebella rings from Zatnick Inc.”, “Dawgs Shoe Tag Charms”, and “Children’s Rings from the MAJA collection by Créations DPR” were recalled due to the presence of lead in excess allowable amounts.  Lead is toxic to children, even at low exposure levels and is thus restricted at low levels of use in children’s products, including jewellery.  For more details, please see the following link, link, link, and link.

The product “Metal Mood Rings” was recalled due to the presence of cadmium in excess of guidance levels proposed recently by Health Canada. Cadmium is a heavy metal which is known to be more toxic than lead. For more details, please see the following link.

The product “Minérobec Mineral Kits” was recalled due to the presence of chrysotile asbestos. The handling of asbestos mineral, can potentially produce asbestos dust. For more details, please see the following link


Europe

The toys “Dolls”, “Crayons”, “Pull-along trolley”, “Toy vehicles”  were “withdrawn from the market, and/or recalled from end users” due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and/or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  According to the REACH Regulation DEHP and DBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 8, 10, 23, and 24 in the following table

The toys “Set of plastic toys”, “Toy medical instrument kit” were withdrawn from the market, and/or import rejected at border due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), and/or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  According to the REACH Regulation, DEHP and DBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 3 and 11 in the following table 

The product “Glue” was withdrawn from market due to the label not including the signs indicating danger or the symbols for dangerous substances and preparations. The product does not comply with the regulations on the classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures or Directive 1999/45/EC and 2001/60/EC on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations.

For more details, please see number 6 in the following table.

The products “Ladies’ gloves” were “withdrawn from market” due to the presence of Chromium (VI) in the leather of the gloves. Chromium (VI) is classified as sensitising and may trigger allergic reactions. 

For more details, please see numbers 13 and 14 in the following table.

The product “Cooling element” was “withdrawn from market” due to the presence of ethylene glycol which, if swallowed, can be toxic. . Due to its characteristic form, appearance and packaging, consumers may mistake the product for foodstuffs and therefore swallow the liquid. The product does not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.

For more details, please see number 25 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

Ruth Hull awarded SETAC Presidential Citation for Exemplary Service

We are pleased to announce that Intrinsik Environmental Senior Scientist, Ruth Hull, was recently awarded the Presidential Citation for Exemplary Service by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) at their recent Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California.

Congratulations Ruth!  Well deserved!

Chemicals and Consumer Products – Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls (Nov 16, 2012).

The following consumer products were recently recalled due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in Canada, the United States, or Europe:

Canada

None

United States

None

Europe

The toys “Plastic dolls”, “Toy truck”, “Facemask”, “Plastic doll”, “Plastic doll with accessories”, and “Police play-set” were withdrawn from the market, recalled from end users or banned from marketing due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and/or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  According to the REACH Regulation DEHP and DBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while DINP is prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 2, 6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 27 in the following table.

The products “Bath Oil”, “Shower Gel” and “Hair Shampoo” were withdrawn from the market due to the presence of levels of anionic tenside which, if swallowed, may cause aspiration pneumonia.  Consumers may mistake the products for foodstuffs due to their characteristic form, appearance and packaging.  These products do not comply with Directive 87/357/EEC on products which endanger the health and safety of consumers by appearing to be other than they are.

For more details, please see numbers 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37 in the following table.

The toy “Gouache” was recalled from end users due to excessive quantities of the aromatic amine aniline, which does not comply with the Toys Safety Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-9.

For more details, please see number 2 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.

If you’re at the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting now taking place in sunny Long Beach, California, don’t forget to visit our booth! We’re at booth # 524.
For more information on the SETAC Annual Meeting, please visit their website at http://longbeach.setac.org.  For more information on Intrinsik and our services, please visit our website at www.intrinsik.com.

If you’re at the SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting now taking place in sunny Long Beach, California, don’t forget to visit our booth! We’re at booth # 524.

For more information on the SETAC Annual Meeting, please visit their website at http://longbeach.setac.org.  For more information on Intrinsik and our services, please visit our website at www.intrinsik.com.

Chemicals and Consumer Products – Noteworthy Consumer Product Recalls (Nov 2, 2012)

The following consumer products were recently recalled due to toxicological and/or labelling violations in Canada, the United States, or Europe:

Canada

The products “PEGAZOO brand children’s pendants”, “Face Paint 10 dazzling colours”, “Ardene Glam Collection Fairy Pendant”, and “Armani Junior Garments with Crystal Ornamentation”, were recalled due to the level of lead and cadmium (for “Ardene Glam Collection Fairy Pendant” only), both of which pose a poisoning hazard if ingested by young children.
For more details on these recalls, please see the following link, link, link, and link.

United States

The product “Fleece Hoodie and T-Shirt Sets” was voluntarily recalled due to excessive levels of lead found in the surface coating on the zipper of the fleece hoodie that violates the federal lead paint standard.
For more details on this recall, please see the following link.

Europe

The toys “ Plastic Doll”, “Set of dolls”, “Toy gun set”, “Radio-controlled toy”, “Plastic dolls”, “Colouring pencils”, “Mermaid doll”, “Rubber balls”, “Police toy set”, “Toy gun with sweets”, “Plastic doll with accessories”, and “Plastic baby doll”, were withdrawn from the market and recalled from end users, banned from marketing, rejected at the border for importation, voluntarily destroyed, or voluntarily withdrawn due to the presence of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and/or di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP).  According to the REACH Regulation DEHP, DBP, and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while DINP, DIDP, and DNOP are prohibited in toys or childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.

For more details, please see numbers 1, 5, 15, 16, 29, 31 in the following table, numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 15, 22, 23, 24 in the following table, numbers 6, 8, 10, 28, in the following table, and numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 in the following table.

The toy “Balloons” was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of N-nitrosamines and nitrosatable substances which does not comply with the national legislation and the Toy Safety Directive.

For more details, please see number 16 in the following table

The clothing “Girls’ shorts” and “Men’s leather wristband” were voluntarily recalled from end users due to the levels of azo dyes including azo dye 4-aminoazobenzene and benzidine-releasing azo dye, respectively.  These products do not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 21 in the following table, and number 20 in the following table.

The product “Girls’ shoes” was withdrawn from the market due to the presence of dimethylfumarate (DMF).  DMF is a substance which is strongly sensitising on contact with the skin, and consumer products containing DMF are banned according to the REACH Regulation

For more details, please see number 34 in the following table.

The jewellery “Earrings” was rejected at the border for importation due the presence of cadmium.  This product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

For more details, please see number 27 in the following table.

The decorative article “Glass oil lamp” was rejected for importation at the border due the structure of the wick which may allow small children to ingest the oil in the lamp.  The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14059.

For more details, please see number 2 in the following table.

The toys, “Toy mobile phone”, were withdrawn from the market and recalled from end users, due to the potential for children to access and ingest the button cell batteries.  The product does not comply with the Toys Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

For more details, please see numbers 29 and 30 in the following table.

Marketing a consumer product in the U.S., Canada, or Europe? Intrinsik can help ensure that the product meets the toxicological and labelling standards for your jurisdiction. Contact us at 905-364-7800 ext 216 for more information.