Archived — Competition Tribunal imposes terms of order against Imperial Manufacturing Group

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OTTAWA, May 16, 2008 — The Competition Bureau announced that the Competition Tribunal has ordered Imperial Manufacturing Group to publish a corrective notice and pay the Bureau's costs in a case involving claims that IMG's chimney cleaning and conditioner products reduced creosote or prevented chimney fires.

This follows a Tribunal ruling from February 2008 in which Imperial Brush Co. Ltd. and Kel Kem Ltd. (carrying on business as IMG) were found to have contravened the Competition Act by making these performance claims that were not supported by adequate and proper tests. They were ordered to pay a $25,000 administrative monetary penalty.

The Tribunal has now ordered IMG to publish a corrective notice in a national English and French newspaper, and pay costs in the amount of $40,000.

The products in question are the Supersweep Chimney Cleaning Log, the Kel Kem Chimney Creosote Cleaner, and the Kel Kem Creosote Conditioner. These products were sold across Canada at major home improvement retailers and hardware stores.

Consumers who may have purchased these products will be notified of the Tribunal's ruling through the corrective notices. They need to be aware that the performance claims made on these products were not substantiated by proper testing. Proper chimney cleaning by professionals is essential for fire prevention and compliance with provincial fire codes.

The Competition Bureau is an independent agency that contributes to the prosperity of Canadians by protecting and promoting competitive markets and enabling informed consumer choice.


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