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2012-11-30 16:23:03

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ -The issue: Three unauthorized health products -- "Man Up Now", "Black Ant", "Triple Power Zen Gold 1200mg"-- are being recalled by DVDXPRO after testing by Health Canada identified undeclared ingredients that may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians. These products are promoted for sexual enhancement and contain sildenafil and/or tadalafil, which is a prescription medication that should only be used under the supervision of a health care...

2012-11-30 16:22:42

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Further to our previous communications, Health Canada is advising Canadians that three unauthorized products promoted for weight loss have been seized from "Cube Inc.", a box-store store in Richmond, B.C. These products contain hidden drug ingredients (sibutramine and phenolphthalein) that may pose serious health risks. Caffeine was also found in two products and was not listed on the product label. Caffeine may pose health risks to people sensitive to...

2012-11-28 16:25:17

OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Health Canada is advising Canadians and health care practitioners that no thermography (thermal imaging) machines have been approved to screen for breast cancer in Canada. Health Canada is not aware of any clinical evidence that thermography can be used effectively as a screening technique for the early detection of breast cancer. As such, it may present a potential risk to women relying on the results. Health Canada would also like to remind...

2012-11-07 16:26:31

OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Avmor Ltd. has expanded its recall of products to include four additional lots of the product X3 Clean Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Benzalkonium chloride 0.13%). The X3 product was originally recalled last month as a precautionary measure following the recall of another Avmor product, Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap (Triclosan 0.3%), because of microbial contamination. Health Canada will to update its list of recalled products if additional lots or...

2012-10-09 11:25:35

ParticipACTION launches national campaign to Bring Back Play TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - A recent survey commissioned by ParticipACTION found that more than half of Canadian parents (50.4 per cent) of school-aged children played outdoor active games, such as hide and seek and tag, every day as a child; however, only 19 per cent of their children do now.  To help reverse the decline of play, ParticipACTION created a national social change marketing campaign called Bring Back...

2012-09-27 10:22:06

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the release of Health Canada's Updated Assessment of Bisphenol A (BPA) Exposure from Food Sources, which found that that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has issued the following statement: "Health Canada's announcement today once again confirms that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials," said Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. "This...

2012-09-24 06:22:51

Sports Day in Canada provides Canadians with an opportunity to move more through sport TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - While almost all Canadians (96 per cent) believe that sport benefits their communities, only about 4 in 10 (37 per cent) say they participate in sport once a week or more, according to a recent survey commissioned by ParticipACTION.  Sports Day in Canada, celebrating its third anniversary on September 29, 2012, provides the perfect opportunity for Canadians to...

2012-09-18 10:25:12

OTTAWA, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The issue: "Zhuifeng Tougu Wan", an unauthorized natural health product, is being voluntarily recalled after testing identified levels of mercury that are far beyond the allowable limit set by Health Canada. In addition, the product also contains lead at more than four times higher than the allowable limit and arsenic at nearly twice the amount of the allowable limit. The amount of mercury in "Zhuifeng Tougu Wan" may present a significant health...

2012-09-10 06:30:06

OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ -The issue: CuraHerbDistributor (curaherbdistributor.com) is attempting to sell online unlicensed home-use HIV test kits for use with urine, saliva and blood samples. It is important to note that there are currently no HIV test kits authorized for home use in Canada. CuraHerbDistributor's kits carry the "Home Aware" brand and have not been evaluated by Health Canada for safety and effectiveness. Accordingly, these kits may provide Canadians with false...

2012-08-14 06:28:14

OTTAWA, Aug. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The issue: Small powerful magnetic beads sold as novelty products for adults, and small toys containing powerful magnets, pose a recognized health hazard to children of all ages.  There have been many cases of children requiring emergency surgical treatment to remove swallowed magnets and/or magnetic toy pieces from their intestines.  If a child swallows more than one powerful magnet over a short period of time, the magnets can attract one...