Unauthorized kratom and sexual enhancement products seized from multiple George's Convenience stores in the Greater Toronto Area may pose serious health risks

Starting date:
January 25, 2018
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Identification number:
RA-65822

Issue

Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized several health products, including one kratom and 16 sexual enhancement products, from multiple George’s convenience stores located in the Greater Toronto Area (Brampton, Maple, Markham and Woodbridge). These products are not authorized by Health Canada and may pose serious health risks.

What you should do

  • Stop using these products. Consult your health care professional if you have used these products and have health concerns, and for advice on which health products are best for you and your family.
  • Read product labels to verify that health products have been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Authorized health products have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Drug Number (DIN-HM). You can also check if products have been authorized for sale by searching Health Canada’s Drug Product Database and Licensed Natural Health Product Database.
  • Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.
  • See the additional information on buying health products safely in the helpful links below.

Who is affected

Canadians who have bought or used these products.

Affected products

Unauthorized health products
Product &
Promoted Use
Hazard Identified Company Action Taken

Yellow Borneo Kratom

Labelled to contain kratom

George’s Convenience
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

Seized from the retail location  

Triple Maximum
White Panther
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience

Locations:
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

3651 Major Mackenzie Dr, Unit 4, Woodbridge, ON

Seized from the retail location  

Paparazzi 5800
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil

George’s Convenience
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

Seized from the retail location 

MV7 Days 2000
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

George’s Convenience

Locations:
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

9960 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Green Mamba
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience

Locations:
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

9960 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON

Seized from the retail location

Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience

Locations:
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

3651 Major Mackenzie Dr, Unit 4, Woodbridge, ON

Seized from the retail location 

7K
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience

Locations:
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

9960 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON

3651 Major Mackenzie Dr, Unit 4, Woodbridge, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Triple Maximum Rodeo Fantasy
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience

Locations:
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

9960 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Jaguar 11000
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil

George’s Convenience
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Rush Hour 72
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, and dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil

George’s Convenience

Locations:
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

8565 Hwy 27 Woodbridge, ON

630 Peter Robertson Blvd, Brampton, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Super Hard
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging tested by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration was found to contain undeclared sildenafil

George’s Convenience
9445 Mississauga Road, Unit 2, Brampton, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Triple Maximum LipsTenZen
Sexual enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience
9960 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Poseidon Platinum 3500
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging previously seized from other retailers was tested and found to contain sildenafil

George’s Convenience
9960 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON

Seized from the retail location 

Strong-SX
Sexual enhancement

Product with similar packaging tested by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration was found to contain undeclared sildenafil

George’s Convenience
9960 Dufferin Street, Maple, ON

Seized from the retail location

Triple Green
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience
9980 Kennedy Rd
Markham, ON

Seized from the retail location

Hard Rock 3800
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience
8565 Hwy 27 Woodbridge, ON

Seized from the retail location

Rhino 8
Sexual Enhancement

Labelled to contain yohimbe

George’s Convenience
3651 Major Mackenzie Dr, Unit 4, Woodbridge, ON

Seized from the retail location

What industry professionals should do

  • Selling unauthorized health products in Canada is illegal.
  • When Health Canada identifies unauthorized products that may pose serious health risks, Health Canada takes appropriate action to prevent further distribution and informs Canadians. This includes working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent further importation of unauthorized products.

Background

Desmethyl carbodenafil is an unauthorized substance similar to sildenafil and may pose similar health risks.

Dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil is an unauthorized substance similar to sildenafil and may pose similar health risks.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a herbal product that may pose serious health risks when swallowed or inhaled. Side effects include drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, liver toxicity and excessively rapid heartbeat. Kratom has been linked to both narcotic and stimulant-like effects, and has potential for abuse and dependence. Health Canada has not authorized the sale of any product containing kratom.

Sildenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. It should not be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g. nitroglycerine) as it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Individuals with heart problems are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat. Other possible side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

Tadalafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. It should not be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g. nitroglycerine) as it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Individuals with heart problems are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat. Other possible side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss.

Yohimbine is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. Yohimbine is derived from yohimbe, a bark extract. The use of yohimbine or yohimbe may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in people with high blood pressure, or heart, kidney or liver disease. Side effects include increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders. It should not be used by children, or pregnant or nursing women.

Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709

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