Flora Essentials recall affects 1 lot of digestive aid

Adeeva Nutritionals has issued a recall for one lot of its digestive aid Flora Essentials, due to possible antibiotic contamination, Health Canada says.

Antibiotic contaminant linked to rare, potentially fatal form of anemia, Health Canada says

Adeeva Nutritionals has recalled Lot 10342 of the digestive aid Flora Essentials because pills may contain the antibotic Chloramphenicol, linked to rare blood disorder. (Adeeva Nutritionals)

Adeeva Nutritionals is recalling one lot of its digestive aid Flora Essentials due to possible contamination with an antibiotic that may pose serious health risks, Health Canada said today.

Chloramphenicol is associated with a rare risk of aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder that can be fatal. The reaction is unpredictable and not related to a specific dose of the antibiotic, Health Canada said.

Affected products

Flora Essentials (NPN 80039819) Lot #10342

Side-effects linked to the antibiotic, which is available through prescription and should be used only under medical supervision in adults and children, include allergic reactions in those with a sensitivity to the medication and effects on the bone marrow leading to decreased blood cells.

The drug should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women.

Adeeva, of Woodbridge, Ont., is recalling Lot 10342 of Flora Essentials, and says consumers who have used the natural health product should immediately consult their health-care practitioner.

The Adeeva website lists the product as "temporarily out of stock."

Neither the company nor Health Canada has received reports of adverse reactions associated with the product.

To return the product, consumers should call AdeevaNutritionals at 1-888-251-1010, ext. 1014.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.