Advisories and Recalls
Following recent complaints, Health Canada initiated a review to verify whether the Cord Blood Bank of Canada, a private cord blood bank, was in compliance with the acts and regulations that apply to cord blood in Canada.
Costume and decoration safety
October 5, 2017 For immediate release
OTTAWA - Health Canada is reminding Canadians and women in particular, that thermograms (which use thermal imaging) are not a substitute for mammograms used for routine monitoring and screening for breast cancer. While thermography devices are available in Canada, these devices have not been licensed in Canada to screen for breast cancer. They have been licensed by Health Canada only to measure skin temperature, similar to a thermometer.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized 10 unauthorized health products that may pose serious risks to health. The products were seized from Isabella Beauty Salon, at 86Finch Ave E., North York, ON.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that Apotex Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot (lot 6G07) of its Apo-Nitroglycerin sublingual (under the tongue) spray (0.4 mg/metered dose) as the spray pump may malfunction and not deliver the drug.
Health Canada is advising consumers that the unauthorized prescription product “Kobayashi Eyebon Eyewash” may pose serious health risks. The product is labelled to contain the prescription drug, aminocaproic acid, and is promoted as an eyewash for contact lens users and for the prevention of eye disease. The product, sold in three formats (Cool, Mild and Regular), was seized at the Catwalk Boutique retail location in Burnaby, B.C. (1313 – 4500 Kingsway). The product was also being sold online (www.ac-beauty.com/shop) and at the Catwalk Boutique retail location in Richmond, B.C. (2005 - 4000 No.3 Rd.).
Health Canada is informing consumers of the suffocation risk associated with baby nests, also called baby pods.
Health Canada is advising Canadians of an unauthorized product called Brainfreeze Potpourri or Brainfreeze Herbal Incense that is labeled as an herbal product and contains synthetic cannabinoids. This product is being sold in speciality tobacco stores and head shops in Edmonton, Alberta, and may also be available for direct purchase through online retailers.
Update – August 17, 2017
These foreign health products have been found by regulators in other countries to contain undeclared drug ingredients.
Important Safety Information
Health Canada is advising Canadians that "Aerobic Oxygen," an unauthorized product sold online by "Good For You" at www.goodforyou.ca, may pose serious health risks, including poisoning and kidney failure. Health Canada testing found that the product contains sodium chlorite, a bleach-like chemical that is not listed on the product label. The product is promoted as a treatment for a range of ailments, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, impotence, paralysis, breast cancer and brain tumours. The product may also have been sold by other online retailers.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that multiple unauthorized sexual enhancement products seized from four Toronto retail locations may pose serious risks to health.
Health Canada is advising Canadians that "Selekta Pregnenolone," an unauthorized prescription product sold online at www.antyler.com, may pose serious health risks. Health Canada seized the product from the company, A.N. Tyler Distributing.