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Consumer product recall

Michaels recalls Ashland® Holiday Paper Boxes

Starting date:
February 17, 2016
Posting date:
February 17, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Household Items, Miscellaneous
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Microbial Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and The Michaels Companies Inc.

Affected products

2015 Ashland® Holiday Paper Boxes

Product description

This recall involves boxes sold under Michaels' private brand Ashland®. The circle, square and rectangular-shaped boxes are made of cardboard wrapped in decorative paper with ribbon accents or embellishments including burlap. Boxes come in 9 themes and 3 sizes: small, medium and large.  "Ashland" and the SKU number can be found on the white UPC sticker on the bottom of each box.

The following boxes are included in this recall:
Description of Box Size SKU
Quirky Christmas Chalk Small 434397
Medium 434398
Large 434398
Victorian Christmas Tree Small 434458
Medium 434459
Large 434460
Craft Merry & Bright, square Small 434465
Medium 434467
Large 434468
Burlap Lid Joy, rectangle Small 434470
Medium 434471
Large 434472
Burlap Lip Christmas Type, rectangle Small 434474
Medium 434475
Large 434476
Winter Berries, round Small 434479
Medium 434480
Large 434481
Christmas Chalk with Bow, round Small 434483
Medium 434484
Large 434485
Parchment Poinsettia, square Small 434487
Medium 434488
Large 434489
Santa's Sleigh, square Small 434490
Medium 434492
Large 434493


Hazard identified

Aspergillus mold was found on some of the decorative boxes, posing a risk of respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems or weakened immune systems.

Neither Health Canada nor The Michaels Companies, Inc. has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of this product.  No incidents have been reported in the United States.

Number sold

Approximately 1,100 units were sold in Canada, and approximately 288,000 units were distributed in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from October 2015 to November 2015 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.


Michaels Stores Procurement Company, Inc.

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the holiday boxes and contact Michaels for a refund.

For more information, consumers may contact the Michaels Companies, Inc. by telephone at 1-800-642-4235 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm CST, Monday to Friday, or visit the Michaels website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

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.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.