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Green's Rock & Lapidary Ltd. recalls Actinolite (Asbestos) Collectable Mineral Samples

Starting date:
February 25, 2015
Posting date:
February 25, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Chemicals
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Chemical Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-43855

Affected products

Actinolite (asbestos) collectable rock mineral samples

Product description

This recall involves asbestos collectable rock samples labelled as “Actinolite”.

Hazard identified

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has revealed that this product contains asbestos. Exposure to asbestos and asbestos fibres presents a significant long term health risk to exposed individuals when present in ambient air in considerable concentration. A prolonged exposure to high concentrations of airborne asbestos fibres has been linked to such health problems as asbestosis (a scarring of the lungs), lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdomen) and possibly gastrointestinal cancers.

Neither Health Canada nor Green's Rock & Lapidary Ltd. has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of this product.

For more information on the risks and symptoms of asbestos exposure, visit Health Risks of Asbestos.

Number sold

An unknown quantity of the recalled products was sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The time period over which the recalled products were sold is unknown.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Canada.

Companies

Distributor
Green's Rock & Lapidary Ltd.
Calgary
Alberta
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately dispose of the recalled product in accordance with local municipal hazardous waste requirements or contact Green's Rock & Lapidary at 1-403-571-7625 for additional information.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.