Health Canada is warning shoppers about a nation-wide recall involving “all lots” of certain products sold at big-name stores across the country.
Health Canada is advising that “all lots” of Equate (lemon flavour), Life Brand (lemon and cherry flavours) and Personnelle (lemon flavour) Magnesium citrate oral solution saline laxative (NPN 80015316) are being recalled by the importer, Shandex Sales Group Ltd. (Shandex Group), due to the possibility of “microbial contamination.”
The company is recalling the products as a precaution after a recall in the US of similar products that are manufactured at the same site.
Magnesium citrate oral solution is used as a laxative for relief of occasional constipation, Health Canada said in its public advisory.
The product is indicated for use in adults and children two years of age and older.
“Microbial testing of the products recalled in the US identified the presence of Gluconacetobacter liquefaciens. Ingesting contaminated product may result in symptoms including abdominal discomfort or pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting,” Health Canada said. “Children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system may be more susceptible to serious adverse effects from microbial contamination.”
Walmart Canada confirmed on its website the retail giant carried some of the products.
Loblaw Companies Ltd. confirmed its “banner” stores in Ontario, including Real Canadian Superstore, Fortinos, Loblawx, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, No Frills, Affiliate and Shoppers Drug Mart, carried some of the affected products.
In Atlantic Canada, stores that carried the product include Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Atlantic Your Independent Grocer, No Frills, Affiliate and Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw said.
In Québec, Provigo, Maxi, Axep and Shoppers Drug Mart carried the solutions and in Western Canada, Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, Extra Foods, No Frills, Independents, Retail Wholesale Club, Wholesale Club and Shoppers Drug Mart had the products for sale.
“We advise customers…to follow the guidance in the notice and return applicable products for a refund at their local store,” Loblaw said in a statement.
Health Canada said it’s monitoring the company’s recall and will inform Canadians if any new health risks are identified.
“Stop using the recalled product. Speak to a health care professional if you have taken this product and have health concerns,” Health Canada said.
Here are the recalled products and their Natural Product Numbers: