Health Canada to Review Diane-35 [Canada]

Canada/Ottawa: Health Canada to review safety of Diane-35, a hormonal treatment for severe acne in women. HCSC: http://ht.ly/hlHYK

Direct link:
http://hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2013/2013_17-eng.php

Additional information:
Health Canada has been monitoring the safety of Diane-35 on an ongoing basis and is aware of the decision by France’s Health Department to suspend the marketing authorization of Diane-35 within the next three months. On three separate occasions, Health Canada has issued communications advising of the increased risk of blood clots in users of Diane-35 compared to estrogen/progestogene combinations used for contraception. Health Canada also previously cautioned against using Diane-35 as an oral contraceptive.

HCSC recall number: 2013-17
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1506

Novartis Cough & Cold Product Recall

Canada/Ottawa: Novartis recalls numerous Cough & Cold Products due to lack of child-resistant packaging hazard. HCSC: http://ht.ly/hlBoD

Direct link: http://hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2013/2013_16-eng.php

Additional information:
Health Canada (“HCSC”) reports the following Novartis brands are affected by this recall:

  • Jack & Jill
  • Triaminic
  • Neo Citran
  • Buckley’s

HCSC recall number: 2013-16
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1505

MegaFood Supplement Recall [US]

US/Washington: FoodState recalls some MegaFood One Daily Supplements due to lack of child-resistant packaging hazard. CPSC: http://ht.ly/hlqD9

Direct link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/FoodState-Recalls-Bottles-of-MegaFood-One-Daily-Supplements/

CPSC recall number: 13-110
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1504
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Saskatoon Berry Chocolate Heart Recall

Canada/Ottawa: Riverbend Plantation recalls some Saskatoon Berry Chocolate Hearts due undisclosed hazelnut, milk hazards. CFIA: http://ht.ly/hlaSg

Direct link: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2013/20130129be.shtml

About Milk and Nut Allergies:
For some people, milk (and milk products) are a source of urgent, dangerous and potentially deadly, allergic reactions requiring immediate medical intervention and treatment. Due to modern food manufacturing methods, milk products may not “look” or “sound” like milk. Some examples of foods with milk proteins include artificial butter or cheese flavor; casein or caseinates; curds; ghee; hydrolysates; lactalbumin and lactalbumin phosphate; lactose, lactoglobulin, lactoferrin and lactulose; and finally, rennet (originally, ground calves’ stomach but more often now, by-products of genetically engineered bacteria, mold or yeast). For some people, nuts (and nut products such as cooking oils) are also a source of urgent, dangerous and potentially deadly, allergic reactions requiring immediate medical intervention and treatment.

You can learn more about Milk or Nut Allergies by visiting Health Canada at: http://ht.ly/bqQHt

Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1503

Nanospheres Magnetic Desk Toy Recall

Australia ACCC RecallUS/Washington: Kringles Toys and Gifts recalls some Nanospheres Magnetic Desk Toys containing high powered magnets due to ingestion hazard. CPSC: http://ht.ly/hkDnv

Direct link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Kringles-Toys-and-Gifts-Recalls-High-Powered-Magnets/

Additional information:
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reports if two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside a child’s intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. In addition, internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects. According to the CPSC, the recalled products were sold exclusively on Amazon.com.

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 CPSC recall number: 13-111
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1502
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Bunk Bed Recall [US]

US/Washington: World Imports recalls some Bunk Beds due to violation of safety standards. CPSC: http://ht.ly/hkA2b

Direct link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/World-Imports-Recalls-Bunk-Beds/

Additional information:
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reports the openings between the metal rails of the end structures are greater than allowed in the standard and pose a risk of entrapment or asphyxiation hazard.

CPSC recall number: 13-113
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1501

Duetto Cheese Recall

Australia/Canberra: Binnorie Dairy Proprietary recalls some Duetto Cheese due to Listeria hazard. ACCC: http://ht.ly/hjRhk

Direct link: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1045249

About Listeria poisoning:
The bacteria that cause Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning) most often produce a gastrointestinal illness that can be quite serious or even fatal. Listeriosis in pregnancy, for example, may cause a miscarriage or fetal death. In other cases, people can develop Septicemia (a serious blood infection) or Meningitis (an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges).

You can learn more about Listeriosis from the Health Department for New South Wales: http://ht.ly/hjSqG

ACCC PRA number: 2013/13460
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1500

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