OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Planning on shopping this Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Health Canadais reminding consumers to make informed buying decisions, and to be aware of the potential risks with online and cross-border shopping. Here are some helpful tips to avoid buying unsafe products and to help keep your loved ones safe.
Be smart when buying online
It is important to remember that not all consumer products found online are safe. In Canada, to help protect the public, consumer products must meet all current legislative and regulatory requirements. However, Canadians shopping on websites based in other countries may be able to buy some products that:
Even when buying from Canadian-based retailers, it's important to understand that Health Canada does not approve every product before it is sold. Industry is responsible for ensuring that the products they place on the Canadian market comply with the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. Products are monitored for health or safety risks after they've been released onto the market, but not every product is checked or tested.
To learn more about the potential risks of buying consumer products online and how you can minimize those risks, visit Buying Consumer Products Online. You can also check the Recalls and Safety Alerts Database for information about products that have been recalled.
Be aware of prohibited products and cross-border shopping rules
Some consumer products are not allowed into Canada by law and can be detained at the border. Visit Information for Canadians Travelling Outside of Canada for a list of products that are prohibited from being sold, imported or advertised in Canada, such as:
If you are planning to cross-border shop or shop online, it pays to know which consumer products have Canadian safety requirements that are different from those in other countries. The following is a partial list:
Take special care with certain consumer products
Some consumer products lead to more health and safety incidents or require particular care. These include:
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SOURCE Health Canada
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