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Q & N Omega Tree

Starting date:
June 4, 2012
Posting date:
June 4, 2012
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety, Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-14818

These products are not authorized for sale in Canada and have not been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.

Source of alert

Singapore Health Sciences Authority

Product names

Q & N Omega Tree

Manufacturer / Place of origin

Q & N Omega Tree is manufactured by He Zhi Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., of Tianjin, China, and distributed by Q & N Pte Ltd., of Singapore.

Reason for warning

The Singapore Health Sciences Authority issued a recall notice after Q & N Omega Tree was found to contain cannabinol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabinol and THC are the active ingredients of cannabis and are controlled substances only available legally through prescription in Canada. They should only be taken under the supervision of a health care practitioner.

Possible side effects

Side effects associated with cannabinol and THC include mild paranoia, anxiety or panic, hallucinations and increased heart rate. Other side effects may include drowsiness and impaired reaction time, coordination and motor skills. These effects impair a person's ability to drive safely or operate machinery.

What you should do

Canadians who have this product are advised not to use it, and should consult with a health care professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of this product.

Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find the product listed above in the Canadian marketplace.

Background

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have either an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

As of the date of this posting, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of this product have been reported in Canada.

Report a health or safety concern

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345.
  • Visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.

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