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Sodium Chlorite Solution Not Authorized for Oral Consumption by Humans

Starting date:
February 15, 2012
Posting date:
February 15, 2012
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-110005307

The issue

Health Canada is advising Canadians that using "MMS", also known as Miracle Mineral Solution or Miracle Mineral Supplement may cause serious health problems. The product information lists sodium chlorite as an ingredient and is promoted as a substance that can cleanse toxins from the human body. There are no therapeutic products containing sodium chlorite authorized for oral consumption by humans in Canada.

These serious problems include poisoning, kidney failure and harm to red blood cells that reduces the ability of the blood to carry oxygen. Additional health problems may also include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

Who is affected

Canadians who have purchased MMS associated with themmstore.

What consumers should do

  • Consumers should consult their health care practitioner if they have used or are using MMS products.
  • If consumers have questions such as disposal or refunds regarding MMS associated with themmstore, contact the distributor at 1-403-652-1655.
  • Consumers should report any adverse reaction to Health Canada (see below).

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada has notified the distributor associated with www.themsstore.com that the sale of sodium chlorite for human consumption is in contravention of the Food and Drugs Act. We have also requested that the distributor remove this product from the Canadian market, which they have agreed to do.

Health Canada has also identified and previously taken action on an unauthorized sodium chlorite solution. If additional products containing sodium chlorite promoted for oral consumption by humans are identified, Health Canada will add them to this list of affected products. Canadians are advised to monitor this list for any possible updates.

Sodium Chlorite Solution Not Authorized for Oral Consumption by Humans
Product Name Ingredient Retailer Date Added
Miracle Mineral Solution
Miracle Mineral Solution 1
Miracle Mineral Solution 2
Miracle Mineral Solution 3
28% Sodium chlorite solution Sold online: MMS Suppliers February 8. 2012
MMS 1
MMS 1
28% Sodium chlorite solution Sold online: The MMS Store February 8, 2012
Miracle Mineral Supplement 2
Miracle Mineral Supplement
27% and 28% Sodium chlorite solution Sold online: Miracle Mineral Supplement February 23, 2012
MMS 2
MMS 2
28% Sodium chlorite solution Sold online: MMS1 February 24, 2012
MMS 3
MMS 3
28% Sodium chlorite solution Sold online: The MMS Store May 18, 2012

Background

MMS distributed by www.themmstore.com claims to contain 28% sodium chlorite solution. Based on these claims, when taken as directed, MMS provides approximately 200 times more sodium chlorite than the tolerable daily intake of sodium chlorite in water established by Health Canada.

Reports to Health Canada indicate that ingestion of this product has been associated with four adverse reactions in Canada, including one life threatening reaction.

Sodium chlorite is authorized in Canada for use as a germicide by veterinarians and as a hard surface disinfectant.

For more information

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

How to report side effects to health products

To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:

Fax: 1-866-678-6789
E-mail: CanadaVigilance@hc-sc.gc.ca
Internet: MedEffect Canada

Mail:
Canada Vigilance Program
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701C
K1A 0K9

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Media enquiries

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613-957-2983

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613-957-2991
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