Health Canada is warning the Canadian public to immediately discard "BABY" / "BÉBÉ" brand pacifiers sold across Canada at Dollarama stores.
The pacifier was recently tested at Health Canada's Product Safety Laboratory and failed to meet Canadian safety requirements. The nipple from several of the pacifiers detached during testing, and the handle also detached. Young children and babies using the pacifier could choke on or aspirate a piece of it.
The Dollarama "BABY" / "BÉBÉ" pacifier has a heart-shaped guard. The guard is decorated in eight different themes: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, orange, strawberry, grape and lemon. The pacifier has a silicone nipple and a hinged, white handle. The pacifier is sold in a blister card with the words "Pacifier with Soft Nipple" / "Suce avec tétine souple" appearing across the top of the card. A product number is printed on the top right-hand corner of the card: 1900220.
On June 15, 2004, Dollarama contacted their stores to withdraw the product. The pacifier has now been removed from sale and distribution in Canada; however, approximately 149,000 pacifiers were sold at Dollarama stores across Canada since the beginning of 2003.
Parents and caregivers are urged to immediately take these pacifiers away from young children. Prior to discarding the product, it should be destroyed by cutting off the nipple.