Archive for May, 2013

Canada Bans Small, Powerful Magnets

Friday, May 17th, 2013

On April 26, 2013, Health Canada issued a notice immediately prohibiting products containing small, powerful magnets.   Small, powerful magnets are defined as ones that can fit entirely within the small parts cylinder and that have a magnetic flux index of 50kg2mm2 or more.

This prohibition includes children’s toys that are or contain small, powerful magnets, as well as novelty magnet sets (for entertainment), regardless of the intended age.

Minnesota Bans Formaldehyde in Certain Children’s Products

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Minnesota passed bill HF 458 on May 13, 2013, that bans formaldehyde in certain children’s products. The law defines children’s products as a product primarily designed or intended for children under 8 years of age.  Exclusions to this law include children’s toys covered under testing requirements for ASTM F963, food, beverages medical devices and pharmaceutical products.

As of August 1, 2014, manufacturers and wholesalers may not sell children’s products with intentionally added formaldehyde or any chemical that would degrade to release formaldehyde.

As of August 1, 2015, retailers may not sell children’s product with intentionally added or any chemical that would degrade to release formaldehyde.

As of August 1, 2013, manufacturers must ensure that any chemicals replacing formaldehyde will not cause cancer, genetic damage or reproductive harm; disrupt the endocrine or hormone system; nor cause any systemic toxicity (such as to the nervous system, immune system, or bodily organs).