Canada Powerless To Recall Toxic Trinkets: Audit

"OTTAWA -- Tests are turning up dangerous levels of lead in children's jewelry, but the federal government can't compel companies to recall the toxic trinkets, says a new report by Canada's environmental watchdog.

'Marketplace tests show that there continues to be children's jewelry on the market that contains hazardous levels of lead,' says an audit released Tuesday.

But Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan's report found Health Canada must ask industry to recall products containing 'hazardous levels' of lead in the hope companies comply.

'Health Canada lacks power that would allow it to issue mandatory recalls,' it says. 'Rather, it must negotiate voluntary recalls with industry.'"

Steve Rennie reports for the Canadian Press November 3, 2009.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009