Foreign Product Alert: Health
July 19, 2006
Health Canada is warning consumers
about a product called Safi, manufactured by Hamard
Wakf Laboratories in India and Pakistan. In November
2005, the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare
Products Regulatory Agency issued an alert on
Safi because it was found to contain toxic levels
Safi is marketed as a blood purifier,
but may also be marketed to treat skin conditions
such as acne, boils, rashes, blemishes and hives.
This product may also be promoted for the treatment
of nose bleeds, constipation, indigestion and
Safi is a liquid supplied in a dark brown opaque
bottle with a yellow screw top and lime-green
labelling and packaging. Click
here to see a picture of the bottle.
Arsenic can affect the liver, bone
marrow, cardiovascular system and central nervous
system, causing nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting,
muscle cramps, heart abnormalities, liver damage,
anemia and reduced motor nerve function.
Health Canada issued a Public Advisory
(March 4, 2005) and Warning (July 14, 2005) that
alerted Canadians about the presence of toxic
levels of arsenic and its associated health effects
in the product Safi.
For further information please see:
Canada warns consumers not to use certain Ayurvedic
Ayurvedic medicinal products reported to contain
high levels of heavy metals