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Product recalls and harmful children's products
« on: February 05, 2008, 05:49:44 PM »
There is alot of buzz in the media about products (toys, lotions ...) that are potentially harmful to the children. If you know of any products and resources that deal with the issues of recalls post them here.
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Re: Product recalls and harmful children's products
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 09:47:13 PM »
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/index_e.html

that link above has canadas current advisories and  updates regularly

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Re: Product recalls and harmful children's products
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 09:49:33 PM »
2008-10
January 23, 2008
For immediate release

Unauthorized health product contains heavy metals
OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning Canadians not to use the unauthorized product Yeniujyn because the product contains heavy metal contaminants and may pose a serious health risk. Yeniujyn is advertised as a natural health product, for adults and children, to be used to cure involuntary passage of urine diseases. The product was found to contain high levels of lead and arsenic.

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

The product is not authorized for sale in Canada. It is manufactured by Kwangchow United Manufactory of Chinese Medicine and it is available at retail stores and over the Internet. The Canadian distributor of the products is Wing Quon Enterprises Ltd.

The distributor has voluntarily recalled these products. Health Canada advises retailers to remove these products from their shelves. Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase.

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

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.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2008/2008_10_e.html

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Re: Product recalls and harmful children's products
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008, 09:57:40 PM »
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iyh-vsv/environ/lead-plomb_e.html

Lead info
Health Risks of Lead Exposure
Short-term exposure to high levels of lead can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or even death. Severe cases of lead poisoning are rare in Canada.

However, even small amounts of lead can be harmful, especially to infants, young children and pregnant women. Symptoms of long-term exposure to lower lead levels may be less noticeable but are still serious. Anaemia is common and damage to the nervous system may cause impaired mental function. Other symptoms are appetite loss, abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability and headache. Continued excessive exposure, as in an industrial setting, can affect the kidneys.

Lead exposure is most serious for young children because they absorb lead more easily than adults and are more susceptible to its harmful effects. Even low level exposure may harm the intellectual development, behaviour, size and hearing of infants. During pregnancy, especially in the last trimester, lead can cross the placenta and affect the unborn child. Female workers exposed to high levels of lead have more miscarriages and stillbirths.

If you are concerned about lead exposure, your doctor can conduct a simple blood test to measure your blood lead level. Your doctor will recommend corrective action if the amount is over 10 micrograms per decilitre.


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Re: Product recalls and harmful children's products
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008, 02:03:23 PM »
Recalled dip may contain botulism-causing bacteria
Updated Wed. Feb. 6 2008 9:35 AM ET

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- Consumers are being warned not to consume a dip because of a risk of botulism.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says people should not eat Olivier brand Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil. The agency says the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The product is manufactured by Olivier Napa Valley of California.

The agency says the product is known to have been distributed through Williams-Sonoma retail stores in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia and may have been distributed through other retail stores across Canada.

There have been no reported illnesses.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled.

Consumption of food contaminated with the toxin may cause nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, headache, double vision, dry throat, respiratory failure and paralysis. Botulism can sometimes cause death.

The US distributor, Williams-Sonoma Inc., San Francisco, California, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.

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Re: Product recalls and harmful children's products
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2008, 03:18:14 PM »
Thanks for all this info Spud, we really appreciate it.

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Re: Product recalls and harmful children's products
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2008, 01:06:37 AM »
Thanks for all the info regarding product recall sites and lead poisoning in particular.

I was aware that children's jewellery in particular was a main culprit...

Recently a 4 yr old attending wore a cheap child's necklace for only ONE day....she ended up with a red rash that looked like little red bumps on her neck...Her mom is young but not real young & a paralegal so intelligent for sure...

Upon dropping her daughter off the next morning...she asks ME what the marks on her daughters neck are from??????  Perhaps slightly insinuating that maybe I did something &/or possible was not supervising well enough which allowed another child to DO something.

She was calm though and assumed SHE likely was NOT informed as to the many unsafe products out there, designed for our children! 

So I do forgive her ignorance...but still, I looked directly in her eyes and indicated the cheap necklace that the daughter was wearing yesterday, was likely the cause!
 
She right away said ...Oh, yes.... I did not think of that!! Thanks & sorry... :-[

WOW, I am glad I read this again on this site & about other poor quality products filled with lead!
and very pleased to see them highlighted as dangerous products on www.godaycare.com!!! :o

Keeping US all informed, when it comes to the children we love or care for...is paramount!
« Last Edit: April 15, 2008, 04:28:15 PM by RobynsNest »

 

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