Health Canada

Health Canada

December 28, 2007 14:58 ET

Unauthorized Health Products Manufactured by Wild Vineyard May Pose Health Risks

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2007) - Health Canada is advising Canadians not to use unauthorized products manufactured by Wild Vineyard because of the potential health risk to consumers. Wild Vineyard is not authorized to manufacture, package, label or import natural health products in Canada. As such, Health Canada is concerned about the quality of these products and the subsequent health risk that they may pose to Canadians.

Products made by Wild Vineyard have not been manufactured according to Health Canada's good manufacturing practices. Failure to manufacture products by standards and practices for quality assurance, product testing, manufacturing, storage, and distribution of natural health products could affect the quality of the natural health products. Health Canada has evidence that some products contain heavy metal contamination with substances such as lead, and inappropriate labelling.

Symptoms of exposure to heavy metals may include, but are not limited to, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle cramps, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, anaemia, bone, liver, kidney and nervous system problems.

The products are advertised as natural health products to be used for a wide range of conditions. These products are available at retail stores and over the Internet and are not authorized for sale in Canada. The products are also distributed by Health Trek and by Sho-Tai practitioners. Wild Vineyard is recalling all of their products including the following list:

Will's Rainforest Kelp Plus
Will's Rain Forest Clear Lung
Will's Rain Forest Aloe Vera Juice - Liquid
Will's Rain Forest Arthur
Will's Rain Forest Dandelion Plus
Will's Rain Forest Joints
Will's Rain Forest Parsley Plus
Will's Rain Forest White Willow
Will's Rain Forest Slippery Elm Plus

Wild Vineyard Female
Wild Vineyard Red Clover Plus
Wild Vineyard Masculine
Wild Vineyard Life Line Plus

Wild Vineyard Bowel Plus
Wild Vineyard Natural Way
Wild Vineyard Emu Oil Gel Capsules

Haven Basket Natural 292

Heavenly Orchard Herbal Concentrate
Heavenly Orchard Milk Thistle and More
Heavenly Orchard Magnesium
Heavenly Orchard Cal Mag
Heavenly Orchard Apple Pectin
Heavenly Orchard Stomach Eze

Organic Haven Exit
Organic Haven Red Raspberry Plus
Organic Haven Uva Ursi Plus
Organic Haven Waist a Way
Organic Haven Wait

Natures Valley Dulse Plus
Natures Valley pH Neutralizer and Minerals

Herbal Valley Friendly Digest
Herbal Valley Bentonite and More
Herbal Valley Royal Silver - Liquid
Herbal Valley Mineral and Aloe Concentrate - Drops
Herbal Valley Mineral and Aloe Blend - Liquid

Amazon Valley Complete Trace Minerals and Vitamins
Amazon Valley Herbal Cocktail

Tropical Oasis Calm Cream
Tropical Oasis Aloe Plus
Tropical Oasis Relax
Tropical Oasis MSM and Echinacea
Tropical Oasis Raspberry Aid

Copper and Zinc - Liquid

The list of products may be updated if necessary as further information becomes available. Health Canada will monitor the effectiveness of this recall.

Health Canada advises consumers who have used these products and are concerned about their health to contact a health practitioner for advice.

Health Canada advises retailers to remove these products from their shelves. Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase. Health Canada has placed an import alert on this company with the Canada Border Services Agency.

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Drug Identification Number for Homeopathic Medicine (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

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

To report a suspected adverse reaction to these health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada by one of the following methods:

Telephone: 1-866-234-2345
Facsimile: 1-866-678-6789

Canada Vigilance Program
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Ottawa, Ontario, AL 0701C
K1A 0K9

The Canada Vigilance adverse reaction reporting form, including a version that can be completed and submitted online, is located in the MedEffect ( area of the Health Canada Web site.

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