Health Canada

Health Canada

November 05, 2009 12:57 ET

Chaotic Beverages Recalled Due to Unacceptable Health Risks to Children

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2009) - Health Canada is advising Canadians not to consume Chaotic Beverages sold under the brand names Mind Strike, Fearocity, Elixir of Tenacity and Power Pulse because they are unauthorized products marketed to a vulnerable population (children) with ingredients that may pose a health risk. The drinks are tied to a trading card game, animated TV series and Web site.

The Canadian importer, U&ME Marketing, has initiated a Canada-wide recall of all four brands of Chaotic Beverages at the request of Health Canada. Canadians should not consume these unapproved products, as they have not been assessed for safety, quality and efficacy by Health Canada.

The following ingredients listed on the labels of the four products could pose a potential health risk to children:

- Mind Strike: Contains an unknown amount of caffeine despite advertising that it is not an energy drink and contains several herbs which are not included in Health Canada's list of botanicals with a history of safe use in children

- Fearocity: Contains an unknown amount of caffeine, several herbs not included in Health Canada's list of botanicals with a history of safe use in children, taurine at an unacceptable level for children, and niacin at a level three times higher than that recommended for children aged 1 to 13 years.

- Elixir of Tenacity: Contains green tea extract, which is not included in Health Canada's list of botanicals with a history of safe use in children, and vitamin A at a level unacceptable for children aged 1 to 8 years.

- Power Pulse: Contains chromium picolinate at levels of possible concern in a product taken by children.

These products have the potential to cause temporary adverse events in children although the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Parents should not provide these products to their children. Health Canada has not received any adverse reaction reports related to these four products.

Anyone with concerns about their health or the health of a child because of the consumption of these products should speak with their health care professional.

The beverages were sold individually and in packages of 4. The products were available at various retailers across Canada. (http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/hca1105.jpg)

All health products approved for sale in Canada will either bear an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (NPN or DIN-HM). This authorization indicates that the product has been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

Consumers requiring more information about this information advisory can contact Health Canada's public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Complaints involving Chaotic Beverages can be reported to the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-267-9675, or by writing to:

Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate

Health Canada

Address Locator: 2003C

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

You can report any adverse reactions associated with the use of health products to the Canada Vigilance Program by one of the following three ways:

- Report online (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/index-eng.php) at the MedEffect™ Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/index-eng.php) section of the Health Canada website

- Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345

- Complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/ar-ei_form-eng.php) and either:

- Fax toll-free to 1-866-678-6789

- Mail to: Canada Vigilance Program

Health Canada

AL 0701C

Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

To have postage pre-paid, download the postage paid label (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/post_paid-affranchi-eng.php) from the MedEffect™ Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/index-eng.php) section of the Health Canada website. The Canada Vigilance Reporting Form (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/ar-ei_form-eng.php) and the adverse reaction reporting guidelines may also be obtained via this section.

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
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