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Harper Government Takes Action for Consumer Product Safety

October 3, 2011
For immediate release

Backgrounder: Canada's Chemicals Management Plan

OTTAWA - The Government of Canada today announced the renewal of its commitment to protect Canadian families and consumers by updating Canada's world-leading Chemicals Management Plan.

"As a mom, I want to know that every product I give to my family and use in my house is safe," said Canada's Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. "We know our consumer protection policies are already at work for Canadians. In fact, a science-based study concluded BPA was harmful to human health and the environment, so it was banned from baby bottles."

"Today's announcement is both an investment in the health of the Canadian economy and our environment," said Environment Minister Peter Kent. "Canadians want to have confidence in the products they use everyday, and reassurance that they are not harmful to the environment.

"We see this plan as a continuation of Canada's world-leading initiatives in this area and it will ensure the protection of Canadians' health and safety, and their environment. We have and will continue to work proactively with the government as the plan is implemented," said Shannon Coombs, President, Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association

The Chemicals Management Plan was originally launched by the Prime Minister Harper in 2006. Today's announcement provides funding for the next phase of the Plan, which will focus on:

  • Further improving product safety in Canada;
  • Completing assessments of 500 substances across nine categories including phthalates, primarily used in plastics; and,
  • Investing in additional research for substances like Bisphenol A, flame retardants, substances that affect hormone function and substances that affect the environment.

Approximately 1,000 additional substances will also be addressed in the next five years through other initiatives, including rapid screening of substances which pose little or no risk.

More information on the Chemicals Management Plan is available at Next link will take you to another Web site Chemical Substances web site.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health (right), accompanied by the Honourable Peter Kent (left) Minister of Environment, announce the renewal of Canada's world-leading Chemicals Management Plan, which was supported by Shannon Coombs (centre), President of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association, in Ottawa, October 3, 2011.

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