Health Canada

Health Canada

August 24, 2007 13:46 ET

Health Canada/Information Update: Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium Found to Pose Additional Health Risks

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2007) - Further to the Health Canada warning (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/2007/2007_93_e.html) issued July 26, 2007, further testing on Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium, manufactured by Calcutta Chemical Co. Ltd in India, has revealed that in addition to unacceptable levels of diethylene glycol (DEG), the product also contains high levels of harmful bacteria. This poses additional significant health risks, especially to children and individuals with compromised immune systems.

Health Canada continues to advise Canadians to discontinue use of this product. Potential adverse effects of ingesting products that contain unacceptable levels of harmful bacteria include fever, urinary tract infection, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Infants, children and vulnerable populations such as patients hospitalized for severe underlying diseases or with compromised immune systems are more sensitive to these effects. Severe vomiting and diarrhea could lead to potentially life-threatening dehydration. While toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, it is often swallowed by young children.

Neem Active Toothpaste is not approved for sale in Canada. Fluoride-containing toothpastes that have been approved for sale in Canada will contain either an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN) or a Natural Product Number (NPN).

Consumers are advised to monitor the Health Canada Web site (www.healthcanada.gc.ca) for additional updates on this issue and for previous health warnings on toothpaste (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/2007/2007_79_e.html).

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

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