Health Canada alert: Certain foods may contain chloramphenicol

April 30, 2002 in Food Safety, Nutrition Topics in the News

Health Canada alert: Certain foods may contain chloramphenicol

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning consumers not to consume certain food products, which may contain Chloramphenicol. These products have been manufactured using honey imported from China found to contain Chloramphenicol.

Chloramphenicol is a drug, which is not permitted for use in Canada in food producing animals, including bees. Consumption of chloramphenicol-contaminated products may pose a human health risk related to the inherent toxicity of the drug. The CFIA is continuing to monitor all imports of Chinese honey.

The affected products are sold without labels or with labels under various brand names as listed in the attached table. Consumers who have purchased unlabeled products should verify with their retailer whether they are affected by this alert.

These products are being voluntarily recalled from the marketplace by the manufacturers. For a list of food products which may contain this chemical, click here

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