Recalls and alerts more than 4 years old are automatically archived. While this information can still be accessed in the database, it has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Web pages that are archived on the Web are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats by contacting us.

Archived - U-Shaped Magnets, Bar Magnets, Magnet Sets and Compasses

Starting date:
July 1, 2008
Posting date:
July 1, 2008
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Miscellaneous, Specialized Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-500001735

Affected products

U-Shaped Magnets, Bar Magnets, Magnet Sets and Compasses

Product description

Magnets included in the recall:

  • "Large" and "Small" U-shaped Magnets: These magnets are in the shape of a "U" or horseshoe. One half of each magnet is painted red and is imprinted with the letter "N"; the other half is painted blue, and is imprinted with the letter "S".
  • "Large" and "Miniature" Bar Magnets: These magnets are in the shape of a bar. The magnets are painted half red and half white. The red half is imprinted with the letter "N" and the white half is imprinted with the letter "S".
  • Magnet Sets: This set contains a small u-shaped magnet, two small bar magnets, and two small compasses. All magnets are painted half red and half white. The red half is imprinted with the letter "N" and the white half is imprinted with the letter "S". The package is labeled "Magnets & Compasses."

Hazard identified

The paint on the magnets may contain excess levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Health Canada has not received reports of illness or injury to Canadians related to the use of these magnets.

For more information on the risks and symptoms of lead exposure, visit: Reduce your exposure to lead

Number sold

Approximately 850 of the various magnets were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled magnets were sold from April 2000 through February 2008 at the following establishments in Ontario and Quebec: Exclusive Educational Products, Teacher Supply Outlet and Le Naturaliste.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Importer
Pacific Science Supplies Inc.
Bensenville
Illinois
UNITED STATES

Images (select thumbnail to enlarge - opens in a new window)


What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled magnets.

Consumers may contact the firm to receive a free replacement.

For additional information, consumers may contact Pacific Science Supplies Inc. at (800) 530-1500 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.pasciusa.com or Pacific Science Supplies, Inc. Recalls Magnets Due to Risk of Lead Exposure