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Consumer product recall

Jacobs Trading Ye Olde Rock Shop recalls Actinolite (Asbestos) Collectable Mineral Samples

Starting date:
April 1, 2015
Posting date:
April 1, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Chemical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Actinolite (asbestos) collectable rock mineral samples

Product description

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

Hazard identified

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program revealed this product contains actinolite, a form of 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 Jacobs Trading 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

Approximately 4 of the recalled loose minerals were distributed to Jacobs Trading retail store.  Only 1 unit has been reported to be sold to a consumer.

Time period sold

The recalled loose minerals were distributed and sold from January 2015 to February 2015.

Place of origin

UNKNOWN (The recalled Actinolite was purchased from a hobbyist who had a small mineral collection from Manitoba.  Establishment does not have the supplier's contact information.)


Jacobs Trading Ye Olde Rock Shop

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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 Jacobs Trading at 1-204-268-1856 for more 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.