Advisory - Unauthorized product, Animal Test, may pose serious risk to health

OTTAWA, May 31, 2016 /CNW/ - The issue: As a follow-up to a previous advisory , Health Canada is reminding Canadians about the serious risks posed by the unauthorized product "Animal Test,"after identifying additional retailers and a distributor selling the product. This product may pose a serious risk to the health of Canadians. The product is marketed as a dietary supplement and is labelled to contain yohimbine, a prescription drug ingredient.




Market Action

Date Added

BOSS Supplements

411 Bayfield Street, Barrie, Ontario

Removal from sale

March 23, 2016

Supplement King

1250 Brant Street, Unit 91, Burlington, Ontario

Removal from sale

May 20, 2016

Nutrition Excellence

1445 Norjohn Court, Unit 3, Burlington, Ontario

Product recall

May 30, 2016

Popeye's Supplements

11 William Kitchen Road, Toronto, Ontario

Removal from sale

May 30, 2016

Body Nutrition Systems

180 North Front Street, Belleville, Ontario

Removal from sale

May 30, 2016

Who is affected:

Consumers who have bought or used any of the affected product.

What consumers should do:

  • Consult with your health care practitioner if you have used this product and have health concerns.
  • Read the product label to verify that health products have been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Authorized products have an eight-digit DIN, a DIN-HM or a NPN.
  • Verify if products have been authorized for sale by searching the Drug Product Database and the Licensed Natural Health Product Database.
  • Report side effects to Health Canada by calling toll-free 1-866-234-2345, or visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
  • Report complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free 1-800-267-9675, or complete an online complaint form.


Yohimbine is a prescription drug ingredient. The use of drugs containing yohimbine (either as yohimbine hydrochloride or yohimbe bark extract) may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in people with high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver disease. Side effects associated with yohimbine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders. It should not be used by children, pregnant or nursing women.

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.

Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and product recalls using social media tools.

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada is monitoring the stop sale and product recall. Should additional retailers or distributors of these products be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians.

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SOURCE Health Canada

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For further information: Media Enquiries: Health Canada, (613) 957-2983; Public Enquiries: (613) 957-2991, 1-866 225-0709

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