“Vine Essence” Risk for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

“Vine Essence” Risk for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

The Chinese herb Vine Essence has been recalled by Health Canada due to a quantity of lead that exceeds limits and low levels of undeclared acetaminophen.Infants, young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding women are particularly at risk. Short-term exposure to lead may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or even death. While the low quantity of acetaminophen found does not represent a risk to health for the general population, it may present a risk to those sensitive to acetaminophen.

“Vine Essence” is an unauthorized natural health product distributed by United Wings Enterprise, promoted to support the health and well-being of bones, muscles and tendons, and the circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems.

Consumers should speak to their healthcare provider about any questions or concerns regarding this product and contact the company, United Wings Enterprise Inc., at 1-877-882-1083 for information on the recall of this product.

Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label.

By Sophie Hull

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