The Canadian Toy Association welcomes the implementation of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

TORONTO, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Toy Association (CTA) supports the government's initiative to update its product safety legislation. The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) is a positive step for Health Canada in aligning its product safety regime with other leading international regimes.

CTA member companies remain committed to working with Health Canada and other government agencies to ensure that Canada's product safety regime delivers the intended health and safety benefits to consumers.

"The toy industry welcomes the CCPSA," commented Jeff Hurst, CTA Chairman.  "This Act introduces a number of important provisions, including mandatory recall powers. These provisions complement the rigorous testing and product compliance systems currently in place for toy manufactures."

CTA's members make toy safety one of their highest priorities. Toy manufacturers have invested extensively in toy safety protocols throughout the product developing process and continue to ensure the best industry standards are applied. The CCPSA will help further advance this commitment to toy product safety.

"The CCPSA bolsters our collective commitment to toy product safety," commented Mr. Hurst. "We recognize that the responsibility for toy safety is shared between government and companies. Ensuring safe play for children will continue to be of paramount importance for the CTA and its members."

The CTA continues to work with Health Canada to advance our mutual goal of toy safety. For the CTA, improving product safety includes the alignment of international safety standards. Aligning Canada's standards with those adopted in the U.S. and E.U. will reduce costs to consumers and increase coordination of enforcement between Health Canada and other leading product safety regimes.

About the Canadian Toy Association

The CTA is a non-profit trade association that works together with its members for the betterment of the Canadian toy industry.  The CTA's 100 + members are manufacturers, importers and distributors of toys generating about 1.8 billion dollars of annual retail sales in Canada. Although, the Canadian toy industry is large, our core members are smaller Canadian businesses.

SOURCE Canadian Toy Association

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