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 Health Hazards, Product Recalls, and Warnings from Health Canada Health Canada Alert: Your rice may contain lead or cadmium -- and excessive levels of manganese and zinc April 12, 2013 9:18 AM Two studies explore the toxins in rice from different global regions -- lead, cadmium, and excessive levels of the essential nutrients manganese and zinc Health Canada Alert: Circumventing safety: Internet purchases of popular herbal remedies carry health risks March 21, 2013 9:46 AM Aristolochic acids in banned (but popular) Asian herbal remedies purchased online linked to kidney failure, bladder cancer Health Canada Alert: CFIA Alert: Certain Murchies tea products may contain Salmonella bacteria February 24, 2013 10:06 PM CFIA Health Hazard Alert: Murchies Lemon Drop Tea (25 tea bags -- 56 g) may contain Salmonella bacteria Health Canada Alert: Recall: Vega One French Vanilla February 21, 2013 12:59 PM Bacteria found in Vega One French Vanilla: Product lots being recalled Health Canada Alert: LIFEFORCE FOODS brand ALFALFA, SPICY and BROCCO SPROUTS may contain Listeria monocytogenes January 28, 2013 5:54 PM Health Canada Hazard Alert for British Columbia: Certain LIFEFORCE FOODS brand ALFALFA, SPICY and BROCCO SPROUTS may contain Listeria monocytogenes Health Canada Alert: Health Canada Advisory about reed diffusers December 3, 2012 2:28 PM Health Canada Warning: Reed diffusers, a trendy household product poses potential poisoning risk for children Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Certain Bolthouse Farms brand Carrot Chips may contain Salmonella bacteria November 2, 2012 1:51 PM Canadian Food Inspection Agency warning: Bolthouse Farms brand Carrot Chips, product of USA, may contain Salmonella bacteria Health Canada Alert: Natural health product Pollen Allergy recalled due to high arsenic levels October 25, 2012 10:51 AM The natural health product Pollen Allergy (aka Tongqiao Biyan Pian) recalled for levels of arsenic that exceed Departmental allowable limits Health Canada Alert: Expanded recall of contaminated foaming hand soap October 20, 2012 3:38 PM Avmor Ltd. has expanded its recall of Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap due to microbial contamination Health Canada Alert: Information for Canadians on cooking mechanically tenderized beef October 19, 2012 10:28 AM Tips for handling and cooking mechanically tenderized beef in the wake of the big beef recall Health Canada Alert: FDA Recall: florAlign Prebiotic Formula (powder) September 7, 2012 11:40 AM Eco Health, Inc recalls florAlign Prebiotic Formula (powder) because of possible health risk due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Health Canada Alert: Public Health Notice: Illnesses related to Salmonella and pet food May 12, 2012 1:30 PM Several people in the United States and one person in Canada have become ill with a Salmonella infection as a result of contact with Diamond Pet Foods or pets contaminated with bacteria Health Canada Alert: Correction to Natural Balance Pet Foods voluntary recall info May 11, 2012 10:56 AM Correction to date code in Natural Balance Pet Foods Voluntary Recall dated may 4, 2012 due to the potential for Salmonella contamination Health Canada Alert: FDA Voluntarily Recall: World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs may contain E. Coli May 5, 2012 12:00 PM Funfresh Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs Because of Possible Health Risk from Escherichia coli (E. Coli) Health Canada Alert: Health Canada recall: Sodium chlorite solution not authorized for oral consumption by humans February 25, 2012 9:59 AM Miracle Mineral Solution banned substance: lists sodium chlorite as an ingredient (promoted as a cleanse/detox), which is not authorized for oral consumption by humans in Canada Health Canada Alert: Health Canada alert: Insecticide chalk contains a highly toxic substance, deltamethrin February 15, 2012 3:09 PM Health Canada alert: Unauthorized insecticide chalk product contain a highly toxic substance, deltamethrin, dangerous to children, pets Health Canada Alert: FDA Alert: undeclared drug ingredients in specific Healthy People Co. supplements February 9, 2012 9:49 AM Healthy People Co. issues a voluntary recall of specific lots of the dietary supplements found to contain undeclared drug ingredients with risk of severe side-effects Health Canada Alert: Rexall Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Shellfish in Calcium 1200mg plus Vitamin D 1000 IU Softgels January 16, 2012 1:15 PM Rexall Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Shellfish in Calcium 1200mg plus Vitamin D 1000 IU Softgels Health Canada Alert: Botox shows lasting effects on distant muscles December 30, 2011 9:22 AM Botox has lasting effects on muscles after injection -- even muscles distant from the injection site Health Canada Alert: Canadians warned about dangers of button batteries December 19, 2011 4:00 PM Cases of children and seniors swallowing button batteries, which can result in serious internal injury and death, are on the rise Health Canada Alert: LDHH Health Alert: Proper neti pot use December 16, 2011 4:41 PM LDHH Health Alert: North Louisiana woman dies from rare ameba infection caused by improper neti pot use Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Richardsons Pasteurized Apple Cider may be contaminated with Salmonella November 19, 2011 2:43 PM 1 L plastic jugs of Richardsons Farm Market brand Pasteurized Apple Cider may be contaminated with Salmonella Health Canada Alert: Use of drospirenone-containing combined oral contraceptives was associated with a significantly increased risk of venous thrombotic events November 10, 2011 1:03 PM With the increasing use of drospirenone-containing birth control pills, it is important to raise awareness of the increased, albeit small, risk of venous thromboembolism Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Certain BC mussels and oysters may contain paralytic shellfish toxins November 9, 2011 11:32 AM CFIA: 10 lb bags of Aquacultured Gallo Mussels from Walcan Seafood (BC) may contain paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed Health Canada Alert: FDA: Bio Gaudiano Brand Stuffed Olives With Almonds may contain Clostridium botulinum November 2, 2011 4:14 PM FDA recall: Pure Italian, LLC Recalls Bio Gaudiano Brand Stuffed Olives With Almonds because of Clostridium botulinum Health Canada Alert: FDA: Eating Right Soy Protein Burgers allergy alert and voluntary recall due to undeclared milk October 26, 2011 4:22 PM FDA recall - Mislabelled packaging: select Eating Right Soy Protein Burgers packages inadvertently contained Eating Right Veggie Burgers, which contain milk Health Canada Alert: Recall: Puresource Inc. Brewers Yeast tablets may contain milk October 25, 2011 11:37 AM Health Canada Recall: Puresource Inc. Brewers Yeast tablets may pose serious health risks to Canadians with milk allergies Health Canada Alert: CFIA Recall: Gagan brand Coriander Powder may be contaminated with Salmonella October 11, 2011 3:46 PM Voluntary recall: Gagan brand Coriander Powder, product of India, distributed in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, may be contaminated with Salmonella Health Canada Alert: CFIA: undeclared milk and/or wheat and Gluten in Certain PROLAB Protein Products October 5, 2011 8:55 AM CFIA is warning people with allergies to milk and/or wheat and gluten not to consume certain PROLAB Protein Products (listed) Health Canada Alert: Recall: Andrew & Williamson Organic Grape Tomatoes may be contaminated with Salmonella October 1, 2011 9:48 AM Recall: Andrew & Williamson LIMITED EDITION Brand Organic Grape Tomatoes (Product of Mexico) may be contaminated with Salmonella Health Canada Alert: Allergy alert - Undeclared sulphites in Maple Smell brand Dried Sweet Potato September 29, 2011 12:34 PM Voluntary recall: 400 g packages of Maple Smell brand Dried Sweet Potato, product of China, contain undeclared sulphites Health Canada Alert: Bi Yan Pian recalled for mercury content September 12, 2011 1:01 PM Wing Quon Enterprises Ltd initiates voluntary recall of Bi Yan Pian (NPN# 80023876) from the Canadian market due to mercury content Health Canada Alert: FDA: King International recalls the Shoulderflex Massager September 12, 2011 9:30 AM FDA recall alert: King International Shoulderflex Massager has risk of strangulation and death Health Canada Alert: Anti-inflammatory drugs taken in early pregnancy more than doubles risk of miscarriage September 6, 2011 4:43 PM Use of nonaspirin NSAIDs (naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, and celecoxib) during early pregnancy is associated with 2.4-fold increase risk of having a spontaneous abortion Health Canada Alert: 26% of commercialized herbs sold in Spain are contaminated with bacteria August 27, 2011 1:29 PM 10% of tested commercialized spices sold in Spain were are contaminated with mesophilic aerobic microorganisms and 20% with enterobacteriaceae Health Canada Alert: FDA: OrganiX Omega-3, Spice, and Greens Bars may contain undeclared peanut protein August 10, 2011 8:24 AM FDA recall: Xymogen issues allergy alert on undeclared peanut protein in 3 varieties of OrganiX Bars: Omega-3, Spice and Greens Health Canada Alert: FDA: Qualiherb issues voluntary recall of specific lots of the dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids July 31, 2011 8:58 AM FDA: Qualiherb recall of: Shi Shen Tang, Ding Chuan Tang, Shen Mi Tang, Xu Ming Tang because these dietary supplements contain ephedrine alkaloids Health Canada Alert: FDA: Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food may be contaminated with Salmonella July 31, 2011 8:43 AM U.S. Nestle Purina recalls limited number of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food bags due to a potential health risk Health Canada Alert: New testing methods for contaminated sports drinks from Taiwan July 30, 2011 8:51 AM Significant amounts of phthalates were illegally added to certain (unspecified) categories of sports drinks coming from Taiwan, may affect fertility, development in kids Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Healthy Times brand Brown Rice Cereal for Baby has undeclared wheat or gluten July 27, 2011 9:39 AM Consumption of Healthy Times brand Brown Rice Cereal for Baby, may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to wheat Health Canada Alert: CFIA alert: certain Kings Processing products sold in PEI may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes July 1, 2011 1:50 PM Canadian Food Inspection Agency alert: Certain products (sandwiches, subs, wraps, burgers, muffins and bagels) prepared by Kings Processing Ltd., PEI may contain listeria monocytogenes Health Canada Alert: FDA: Friskies, Cat Chow Natural shipped to Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon may contain salmonella June 30, 2011 4:04 PM Nestle Purina recalls limited number of dry cat food bags due to a potential health risk (shipped only to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon) Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Certain Rose Brand Semi Hard Ripended Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes June 24, 2011 10:46 AM The CFIA and Fromagerie La Vache a Maillotte are warning the public not to consume the Rose brand Semi Hard Ripened Cheese Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Undeclared Shrimp in certain north flavored pastry brand pastries June 10, 2011 10:47 AM CFIA warning: people with allergies to shrimp should not consume North flavored Pastry brand pastries Health Canada Alert: FDA: Kashi recalls select frozen pizzas because they may contain plastic fragments June 8, 2011 12:18 PM FDA recall alert: specific Kashi frozen pizzas (Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza, Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza, and Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza) may contain plastic fragments Health Canada Alert: FDA: Primal Pet Foods issues US-wide voluntary recall on Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula May 30, 2011 5:43 PM US: Primal Pet Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of their Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with date code of 043112-17 because this product may be contaminated with Salmonella Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Certain juices, jams from Taiwan recalled May 30, 2011 2:59 PM CFIA warning: Certain foods and beverages imported from Taiwan may contain Di-Ethyl Hexyl Phthalate Health Canada Alert: FDA: Simply Thick May Be Linked to Illnesses in Premature Infants in the U.S. May 23, 2011 2:23 PM The US FDA has reported 15 cases of necrotizing enterocolitis including two deaths, involving infants who were fed Simply Thick Health Canada Alert: CFIA Update: Undeclared peanuts in certain Doctors CarbRite Diet Chocolate Brownie bars May 13, 2011 8:28 AM Certain lots of Doctors CarbRite Diet Chocolate Brownie bars contain undeclared peanuts that may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies Health Canada Alert: CFIA Expanded Recall: Veggie platters with possible Salmonella May 12, 2011 2:19 PM Possible Salmonella contamination of select veggie platters related to earlier recall of grape tomatoes Health Canada Alert: Health Canada voluntary recall: Omega Alpha Kidney Flush May 9, 2011 2:41 PM Omega Alpha Kidney Flush may cause serious adverse reactions in pregnant women and kidney disease patients Health Canada Alert: CFIA Allergy Alert: Undeclared wheat in Quality Brand Punjabi Wadi Spicy Lentil Chunks May 5, 2011 5:53 PM The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Quality Natural Foods Ltd. are warning people with wheat/gluten allergies not to consume Quality brand Punjabi Wadi Spicy Lentil Chunks Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Undeclared milk in #1 Gluten Free brand cake mixes May 5, 2011 1:51 PM #1 Gluten Free brand Cake Mixes (Chocolate and White 5lb) contain milk which is not declared on the label Health Canada Alert: Warning: Synthetic drugs sold in Canada pose as Bath Salts May 5, 2011 9:37 AM Odd news item out of the US focuses spotlight on potential dangers lurking in synthetic drugs masquerading as bath salts sold online and in stores Health Canada Alert: CFIA Update: Undeclared peanuts in certain Raw Organic Food Bars May 5, 2011 7:46 AM CFIA: Chocolatey Chocolate Chip flavour Raw Organic Food Bars distributed in BC, AB, MB, SK, QC, and ON (may be distributed nationally) contain undeclared peanuts Health Canada Alert: CFIA voluntarily recalls: Grape Tomatoes from Six Ls, Mastronardi Produce for possible health risk (Salmonella) May 3, 2011 11:03 AM Grape tomatoes from manufacturers in Florida (Six Ls) and Ontario (Mastronardi Produce) recalled this week for possible Salmonella contamination Health Canada Alert: Contaminated Product: Mary Ginseng House 100% Pure High Calibre Pow Sum Ontario Ginseng April 18, 2011 6:07 PM Mary Ginseng House 100% Pure High Calibre Pow Sum Ontario Ginseng may contain microbial contamination that may pose a health risk to immune-compromised individuals Health Canada Alert: FDA recall: Archer Farms Ground Turmeric for lead levels April 17, 2011 3:55 PM Voluntary US-wide recall of Archer Farms Ground Turmeric due to excessive lead levels (6 lot numbers) Health Canada Alert: Advisory: additional probiotics Friendly Flora, Healthy Skin with Greens+ may contain trace amounts of undeclared milk April 5, 2011 2:59 PM Allergy alert: probiotics labelled Friendly Flora, Healthy Skin with Greens+ may contain trace amounts of undeclared milk Health Canada Alert: Fast Ant Bait contains banned pesticide April 2, 2011 11:08 AM Fast Ant Bait is an unregistered pesticide that contains mirex, a potentially harmful chemical prohibited in many countries, including Canada Health Canada Alert: Health Canada Consumer Product Recall: Spitfire Inline Skates March 11, 2011 6:32 PM Spitfire Inline Skates recalled for loose frame mounting bolts and wheel axle bolts on new skates Health Canada Alert: CFIA recall: Organic peppermint herbal teas by The Metropolitan Tea Company March 11, 2011 1:07 PM Metropolitan Tea Company organic peppermint teas distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, may be contaminated with Salmonella Health Canada Alert: CFIA voluntary recall: Cremona Grated Dairy Product may be contaminated with Listeria March 1, 2011 3:16 PM Cremona Grated Dairy Product (grated cheese product with Parmesan) by Arla Foods Inc. recalled for Listeria monocytogenes contamination Health Canada Alert: CFIA voluntary recall: Gagan brand Turmeric (Haldi) Powder may be contaminated with Listeria February 19, 2011 8:21 AM Gagan brand Turmeric (Haldi) Powder, product of India, is sold in 200 g packages distributed in British Columbia and Alberta may be contaminated with Listeria Health Canada Alert: Health Canada: Voluntary recall of Bowers Medical/Triad Group Sterile Lubricating Jelly Products February 18, 2011 10:29 AM Voluntary recall: Triad Group Lubricating Jelly products may not have been sterilized properly, which can cause infection Health Canada Alert: Health Canada: Voluntary recall of Exact Multi Greens Powder and Capsules February 2, 2011 4:32 PM Exact Multi Greens Powder and Capsules Recalled as They May Pose Serious Health Risks to Canadians with Milk Allergies Health Canada Alert: CMAJ warning: combining common antibiotics plus blood pressure medication may result in hospitalization January 18, 2011 9:36 AM Mixing commonly used antibiotics with common blood pressure medications may cause hypotension and induce shock in older patients Health Canada Alert: CFIA: voluntary recall of certain Little Bear brand fresh greens - potential salmonella contamination December 28, 2010 12:51 AM The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Little Bear brand fresh greens - products may be contaminated with Salmonella Health Canada Alert: Health Canada Advisory: toxic levels of formaldehyde in salon hair smoothers December 11, 2010 8:40 AM Several professional hair smoothing solutions contain formaldehyde - risk to stylist and client Health Canada Alert: Health Canada voluntary recall: 2 probiotics pose hazard to those with milk allergies December 10, 2010 8:25 AM The probiotics (Probiophilus) and (Cultures de Yogourt 5 Milliards) labelled as non-dairy may contain trace amounts of milk protein from dairy ingredients used in the production process Health Canada Alert: Health Canada: Voluntary recall of Childrens Benadryl Allergy Meltaways tablets November 24, 2010 12:13 PM The company has identified quality control concerns only on lots that had not been released for sale; no adverse reactions reported. Health Canada Alert: CFIA advisory: Certain beef pet food sold in BC may be contaminated with e coli November 11, 2010 10:43 AM Beef Pet Food made by Surrey Meat Packers (Cloverdale, British Columbia) sold also at Jolly Meats (North Van.) Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Certain BC mussels and oysters may contain paralytic shellfish toxin October 8, 2010 12:40 AM The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume the raw oysters and mussels described Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Smoked Salmon from Sausage Kitchen may have Listeria monocytogenes October 6, 2010 12:47 AM The affected Smoked Salmon was sold from one retail location, in Ottawa, Ontario, from September 10 to October 4, 2010 Health Canada Alert: FDA: Similac recall in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean September 23, 2010 11:56 PM Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Certain Similac Brand Powder Infant Formulas That Did Not Meet Its Quality Standards Health Canada Alert: CFIA: Consumer Advisory - Salmonella Contamination of Eggs in the United States August 20, 2010 9:19 AM No potentially affected eggs have been shipped to Canada Health Canada Alert: FTC cracks down on Acai berry, colon cleanse Internet fraud August 18, 2010 10:53 PM Court Orders Internet Marketers of Acai Berry Weight-Loss Pills and "Colon Cleansers" to Stop Deceptive Advertising and Unfair Billing Practices Health Canada Alert: Voluntary Recall: President's Choice® Decadent Chocolate Chunk Cookies August 18, 2010 9:14 AM Cookies May Contain Small Round Metal Pieces Health Canada Alert: Health Canada Alert: Marigold Natural Pharmacy Ltd. July 25, 2010 6:52 PM Unauthorized Health Products Contain Kava Kava - known to cause liver damage Health Canada Alert: FDA: DeBoles Kids Only! Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta recalled for undeclared allergen July 24, 2010 11:45 AM Lot Code 30JUN11D1 may contain undeclared whole wheat alphabet pasta Health Canada Alert: PHAC Recall: Brandt headcheese products may contain salmonella July 23, 2010 4:23 PM Updated July 23. There are now 18 Canadians sick with Salmonella poisoning. Please check your fridge for contaminated products. Health Canada Alert: UPDATE: Kelloggs identifies what prompted cereal recall July 15, 2010 10:49 AM Understudied chemical called methylnaphthalene leached from packaging into cereals Health Canada Alert: Choice Family Meats Brand Beef Jerky Products July 6, 2010 4:45 PM Certain Choice Family Meats Brand Beef Jerky Products May Contain Dangerous Bacteria Health Canada Alert: Juici Patties Brand Jamaican Style Vegetable Patty July 6, 2010 4:34 PM Undeclared milk in Juici Patties Brand Jamaican Style Vegetable Patty Health Canada Alert: Health Canada Reminds Canadians to Handle Produce Safely July 6, 2010 4:29 PM Safe Handling of Fresh Produce Health Canada Alert: Food Safety During the Summer June 29, 2010 4:49 PM Tips to prevent food-borne illnesses. Health Canada Alert: Certain Pods of Green Cardamom June 29, 2010 4:31 PM Certain Pods of Green Cardamom May Contain Salmonella Bacteria Health Canada Alert: Expanded alert on certain cardamom seeds June 29, 2010 4:10 PM Certain cardamom seeds may contain salmonella bacteria Health Canada Alert: President's choice louisiana hot sauce thick cut dipping chips June 29, 2010 3:19 PM President's choice louisiana hot sauce thick cut dipping chips as product contains milk ingredients Health Canada Alert: Longisil Recall June 22, 2010 3:58 PM Vétoquinol N.-A. Expands Veterinary Drug Longisil Recall to Include One New Lot Health Canada Alert: Vitamin D Supplements for Infants June 22, 2010 3:27 PM Proper Dosing of Liquid Vitamind D Supplements in Infants Health Canada Alert: Health Products Labelled in Russian, Ukrainian or Kazakh June 22, 2010 3:20 PM Unauthorized Health Products Labelled in Russian, Ukrainian or Kazakh Removed from the Montréal Market Health Canada Alert: FDA: salmonella-tainted dog food recalled June 18, 2010 3:27 PM Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food Due to a Possible Health Risk Health Canada Alert: FDA Cautions on Accurate Vitamin D Supplementation for Infants June 17, 2010 5:40 PM Some liquid Vitamin D supplement products are sold with droppers that could allow excessive dosing of Vitamin D to infants; Update from Health Canada Health Canada Alert: Ready-To-Eat Cooked Meats Produced By Establishment 294 June 15, 2010 4:23 PM Ready-To-Eat Cooked Meats Produced By Establishment 294 May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes Health Canada Alert: Certain Richland Valley and Take Away Cafe Brand Sandwiches June 15, 2010 3:35 PM Certain Richland Valley and Take Away Cafe Brand Sandwiches May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes Health Canada Alert: Reusable Grocery Bags and Bins June 15, 2010 1:30 PM Taking Precautions when using reusable grocery bags and bins. Health Canada Alert: Vigofit and Once More Products June 15, 2010 1:09 PM Vigofit and Once More: Unauthorized Health Products Seized at Stores in Abbotsford and Surrey, B.C. Health Canada Alert: OM Fusion Products June 15, 2010 12:52 PM OM Fusion: Additional Unauthorized Products Removed from the Canadian Market

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