The BC Centre for Disease Control advises public to discard products purchased from A1 Herbal Ayurvedic Clinic in Surrey. (BCCDC photo)

Health warning issued on Surrey herbal product

Products from Surrey’s A1 Herbal Ayurdvedic Clinic Ltd. in Newton found to contain lead and mercury

The BC Centre for Disease Control is warning people to discard products purchased from Surrey’s A1 Herbal Ayurvedic Clinic Ltd. at #31–8430 128th St. in Newton, saying they’ve been found to contain lead and mercury. Health Canada says they could pose “serious health risks.”

Fraser Health issued the clinic a closure order pursuant to the Public Health Act, after an inspection, and seized products, ingredients and equipment.

A Health Canada advisory issued January 28 states A1 was operating without a required Health Canada license, a serious contravention, and the government “is considering further action and will inform Canadians as needed should any new health risks be identified.”

The BCCDC says using these products can lead to severe illness and even death, and is aware of one client of the clinic becoming ill from lead poisoning. Symptoms of lead poisoning include anemia, headaches, irritability, slowed thinking, constipation, stomach pain, miscarriages and stillbirth.

People who’ve experienced these symptoms after using these products should contact their doctor and anyone with questions or seeking more information is asked to contact Fraser Health’s Surrey Health Protection office at 604-930-5405 Local 765612.

According to the Health Canada Advisory, issued Monday, the products were seized after the BCCDC advised Health Canada of a case of heavy metal toxicity involving a patient who was using products from the Surrey clinic. Subsequent laboratory testing discovered the lead and mercury.

“Selling unauthorized health products is illegal in Canada,” the advisory states. “Health Canada has previously cancelled all of A1 Herbal’s natural health product licences.

Ayurvedic medicinal products are used in traditional Indian healing practice, and are often imported from India.

The advisory says all ayurvedic products sold at the Surrey clinic, and through the company’s website, are affected and people should stop using them. Products were also seized from an affiliated clinic in Brampton, Ontario.

Children, pregnant women and breastfeeding women are most susceptible to the toxic effects of heavy metals, which accumulate in vital organs, the advisory warns.



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram  and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Sister of teen gunned down in 2014 aims to keep kids out of gangs

Jessica Sherman volunteers for KidsPlay Foundation in Abbotsford

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from Abbotsford pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

VIDEO: Horseshoe competition coming to Abbotsford

B.C. International Highwayman Open bringing close to 100 athletes to town in May

Judge questions joint submission for Chilliwack man who sexually assaulted girl

Crown, defence ordered to find case law to back up one-year sentencing for Andrew Mullaly

Abbotsford man’s People’s Party lawsuit heading to court

Satinder Dhillon claims rights to People’s Party, now used by former Conservative renegade Maxime Bernier

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

COLUMN: Keep your camping coordinates a secret this season

‘There are simply too many people in the back country,’ says Progress reporter

Most Read