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October 17, 2013 11:56 ET

Natural Health Products (Kamizym-U and Kamizym+) Recalled Due to Potential Contamination with the Antibiotic Chloramphenicol

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2013) -

The issue:

Gourmet Nutrition F. B. Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, is voluntarily recalling its natural health products "Kamizym-U and Kamizym+" - a digestive aid - due to a possible contamination with chloramphenicol, an antibiotic that may pose serious health risks to consumers. 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 it 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.

Who is affected: Canadians who have used these products.

What consumers should do:

• Consult your healthcare practitioner immediately if you have used this product.

• Report any adverse events using this product to Health Canada.

• Contact Gourmet Nutrition 1-800-363-7574 and/or 1-450-922-2885 to return the product.

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada is monitoring the recall of "Kamizym-U" and "Kamizym+" by Gourmet Nutrition.

According to the company, testing of one of the raw materials used to produce this product identified the presence of chloramphenicol.

Products affected:

1. Kamizym-U (NPN 80036136) Lots: 131151KMU and 131261KMU

2. Kamizym+ (NPN 80033802) Lot: 131301KPL

How to report side effects of 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.

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