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October 18, 2013 22:23 ET

Important Recall Information: A Number of Natural Health Products Potentially Contaminated With Chloramphenicol May Pose Serious Health Risks to Consumers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 18, 2013) - Health Canada wishes to inform Canadians that additional natural health products (see chart below) are being voluntarily recalled by a number of Canadian companies due to a possible contamination with chloramphenicol, an antibiotic that may pose serious health risks to consumers.

Specialty Enzymes & Biotechnologies has provided contaminated raw materials to a number of companies producing natural health products for the Canadian market. As a result, natural health products from these companies are at risk of contamination with chloramphenicol.

The only products Health Canada is currently aware of potentially being contaminated are products used as digestive aids. Health Canada is working with Specialty Enzymes & Biotechnologies and its Canadians customers to confirm affected products and will continue to provide updates to Canadians as warranted.

Chloramphenicol is associated with a rare risk of aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder that can be fatal. This reaction is unpredictable and not related to a specific dose of chloramphenicol.

Chloramphenicol is a prescription drug and should only be used under medical supervision in adults and children after careful consideration of the risks associated with its use. Other side effects that can be associated with chloramphenicol include allergic reactions in people who have sensitivity to the medication, and effects on the bone marrow leading to decreased blood cells. In addition, it should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.

Canadians can monitor the table below for additions to the list of products potentially contaminated with chloramphenicol that may pose a serious risk to their health.

Company Product name NPN Lot(s) Date Added
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
NaturPham M2+ 02240497 13225A October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
NaturPham M3+ 02240501 13216A October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
NaturPham M4+ 02240561 13255 October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
NaturPham M5+ 02240572 13087E
13087F
October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc. 1-800-465-2873 x223 NaturPham M6 02239966 13241A
13241B
October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
NaturPham M7+ Capsules 02240571 13086A
13086B
13256A
13256B
October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc. Future Formulations Digestion Formula Forte 02240559 13087A
13087B
13087C
13087D
October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
Future Formulations Digestion Formula C 02240495 13225B October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
Future Formulations Digestion Formula F 02240496 13216B October 18, 2013
Future Formulations Inc.
1-800-465-2873 x223
Future Formulations Tumi-Ease 02239965 13241C
13241D
October 18, 2013
Accurex Health Care Manufacturing Inc.
519-752-4937
Health First - PrimeZyme Plus Betaine 80039724 GO1364401 October 18, 2013
Gourmet Nutrition
1-800-363-7574
Kamizym-U 80036136 131151KMU 131261KMU October 17, 2013
Gourmet Nutrition
1-800-363-7574
Kamizym+ 80033802 131301KPL October 17, 2013
Metagenics Canada
1-800-268-6200
Spectrazyme 80044751 0413083 October 11, 2013
Adeeva Nutritionals
1-888-251-1010 (ext. 1014)
Flora Essentials 80039819 10349 October 10, 2013

How to report side effects to health products:

- 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.

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