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Hesh Shikakai Powder

Starting date:
June 22, 2010
Posting date:
June 22, 2010
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Hesh Shikakai Powder

Product description

This recall involves Hesh Shikakai powder, sold in a 100g yellow box with the picture of a long and dark-haired woman on the front of the box. The recalled product can be identified the Batch number 836 and the UPC 8901701105105.

Health Canada has previously recalled "Hesh Aritha Powder" due to microbial contamination, and therefore has reason to believe that other batches of Hesh Shikakai and other Hesh products may also be contaminated. As a result, this recall encompasses all Hesh natural powder products.

For more information pertaining to the original Hesh Aritha recall, please visit Hesh Aritha Powder.

Hazard identified

The recalled Hesh Shikakai hair powder was found to contain unacceptable levels of bacteria, including the presence of the gram-negative bacteria Enterobacter cloacae and Kluyvera intermedia.

This product poses an increased risk of infection to immuno-compromised people, especially if the powder is inhaled, or introduced to the body through openings in the skin.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of these products.

Number sold

Hesh Shikakai is known to be sold in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia. This and other Hesh products may have been sold in other regions across the country.

Time period sold

The time period during which the recalled product was sold is not known at this time. The products are known to be sold at various ethnic stores across Canada.

Place of origin

Manufactured in India.


Farah Impex
Hesh Pharma Mfrs & Exporters of Herbal Products
Right Choice Products Inc.
Gagan Foods International
Quality Natural Foods

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and dispose of it in their regular household garbage.