OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/16/13 -- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, hosted a meeting in Ottawa today with concerned parents and community members to outline action that will be taken by the Harper Government in the coming months to help support the health and safety of Canadian families. This follows from the Prime Minister's announcement in January that supporting families will be a priority for the Government.
"Canadians don't want government to raise their kids, but they do want government to take action to support the health and safety of their families," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Over the coming months our government will be launching efforts to do just that in areas like food, drug and consumer product safety."
Minister Aglukkaq identified measures that will be taken related to consumer product safety, drug safety and food safety.
The Minister announced today new initiatives that will include:
-- Moving towards more plain language on drug labels;-- Taking action on products that contain small, powerful magnets which threaten the safety of young children;-- Establishing a new research centre which will strengthen Canada's ability to pinpoint and stop food-borne illnesses;-- Improving the reporting of adverse drug reactions; and,-- Proposing enhanced safety standards for playpens sold in Canada.
"The Prime Minister has stated clearly that supporting Canadian families is a priority for our Government," said Minister Aglukkaq. "As Health Minister, and as a mother, I am proud to outline areas where our Government will take concrete action in the months ahead."
For more information on how the Government of Canada is working to protect the health and safety of Canadians, please visit the Healthy Canadians website.
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Upcoming Actions to Support the Health and Safety of Canadian Families
Taking action on products that contain small, powerful magnets which threaten the safety of young children:
Health Canada has determined that some products containing small powerful magnets are a danger to children and their presence in the marketplace is a violation of the general prohibition under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). Health Canada is now taking action to identify and have these dangerous products removed from the marketplace.
These magnets are found in some novelty magnet sets which appeal to children and some children's toys. Health Canada is particularly concerned about magnet sets containing more than one small powerful magnet, where the set is intended for use as a toy or for puzzle working, sculpture building, mental stimulation or stress relief, regardless of the intended age of the user. Health Canada is equally concerned about some children's toys that contain small powerful magnets or magnetic components. Health Canada's position is that toys on the Canadian marketplace should conform with at least one of the latest versions of internationally respected safety standards (e.g. ASTM F963, EN 71, ISO 8124) with respect to magnets or magnetic components.