OTTAWA, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ -
"Zhuifeng Tougu Wan", an unauthorized natural health product, is being
voluntarily recalled after testing identified levels of mercury that
are far beyond the allowable limit set by Health Canada. In addition,
the product also contains lead at more than four times higher than the
allowable limit and arsenic at nearly twice the amount of the allowable
The amount of mercury in "Zhuifeng Tougu Wan" may present a significant
health risk to Canadians, including vulnerable populations such as
children and pregnant women who are most susceptible to the toxic
effects. Symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle
cramps, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, anaemia, liver, and nervous
Who is affected: Canadians who have purchased "Zhuifeng Tougu Wan".
What consumers should do:
Speak to your healthcare practitioner about any questions or concerns
regarding this product.
Contact the company, Wing Quon Enterprises, at 1-604-273-5028 for
information on the recall of this product.
Report any adverse reaction you suspect may be related to this product
to Health Canada (see below).
Read the label of the products you buy to verify that they have been
assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is monitoring the voluntary recall by Wing Quon
Enterprises, who distributed "Zhuifeng Tougu Wan", indicated for
traditional Chinese use, to four retail locations in B.C (Guang Zhou
Herbs Plus in Chilliwack, De Xing Long in Vancouver, Nam Pek
Enterprises Ltd. in Vancouver and Richmond, B.C) and Sun Ming Hong in
Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will
have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic
Medicine Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the
label. Some natural health products may have an Exemption Number (EN),
which indicates that the product is legally available for sale while
Health Canada is reviewing its application for licensing.
Health Canada's acceptable limit for exposure to mercury and lead in a
natural health product is the same for both substances: 0.29 micrograms
per kilogram of body weight per day. Health Canada's acceptable limit
for exposure to arsenic in a natural health product is 0.14 micrograms
per kilogram of body weight per day.
The toxic effects of lead may cause abdominal pain, anemia, changes in
blood pressure, reproductive effects, weakness, concentration problems,
weight loss, insomnia, dizziness, kidney and brain damage, and
ultimately death. The toxic effects of arsenic include skin and lung
cancers, heart and lung diseases, and brain damage.
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this
advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at
613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health
Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report side effects to health products to Health Canada:
Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax
Related Health Canada Web content:
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SOURCE: Health Canada
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