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Consumer product recall

Nature's Artifacts recalls chrysotile (asbestos) collectable mineral stones

Starting date:
April 8, 2015
Posting date:
April 8, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Chemicals
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Chemical Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-52805

Affected products

Chrysotile (asbestos) collectable mineral stones

Product description

This recall involves chrysotile stones sold individually and in packs of 10.

Chrysotile is a type of mineral that contains asbestos.  The chrysotile stones were sold in individually labelled boxes and as loose bulk rocks.  The stones can be identified by their greenish colour and the appearance of white lines or streaks.

The following products are included in this recall:
Item Number Description UPC
BCHR Pack of 10 6 16641 34421 4
BWF Individual Stone 6 16641 34484 9

Hazard identified

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program revealed this product contains chrysotile, 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 Nature's Artifacts 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 93 products were sold at various retailers across Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 2013 to March 2015.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Brazil.

Companies

Manufacturer
Bagatini Pedrad Ltda
Soledade
BRAZIL
Importer
Nature's Artifacts
Mississauga
Ontario
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately dispose of the recalled in product in accordance with local municipal hazardous waste requirements.

For additional information, consumers may contact Nature's Artifacts at 1-888-895-3017 or visit Nature's Artifacts 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.