Contaminated Natural Health Product may pose risk to immune compromised people: “Mary Ginseng House 100% Pure High Calibre Pow Sum Ontario Ginseng”

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 1:20pm
Health Canada

The issue:

Health Canada testing of samples of “Mary Ginseng House 100% Pure High Calibre Pow Sum Ontario Ginseng,” identified the presence of microbial contamination that may pose a health risk to immune-compromised individuals. At Health Canada’s request, the company, Mary Ginseng House, is voluntarily recalling this product from the Canadian market.

Who is affected:

Canadians with compromised immune systems who have bought or used “Mary Ginseng House 100% Pure High Calibre Pow Sum Ontario Ginseng.”

What consumers should do:

  • Speak to your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns regarding further use of these products.
  • Report any adverse reaction potentially related to these products to Health Canada (see below).
  • Contact Mary Ginseng House (Willowdale ON) at 1.416.490.6515, for more information on the recall

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada has requested that Mary Ginseng House recall this product and inform their customers of the potential risks to their health. Should additional products be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and keep Canadians informed.



Following receipt of a consumer complaint, Health Canada testing of product samples identified the presence of bacteria, including the presence of Klebsiella oxytoca, Pantoea sp. and Enterobacter cloacae.

These bacteria do not present a significant risk to healthy Canadians, as their bodies are able to successfully fight off an infection.

However, for Canadians whose immune system has been weakened by other serious illnesses, these bacteria can cause a serious infection of the lower intestine causing cramps and watery, bloody diarrhoea. They may also cause lung infections, urinary tract infections, or if introduced into a wound, infections of the skin, soft tissues, organs, or blood poisoning.

Products affected:

1. Mary Ginseng House 100% Pure High Calibre Pow Sum Ontario Ginseng, 100 capsules, 500mg., Lot L 805 (NPN 80019262).

For more information

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

How to report side effects to health products

To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:

  • Fax: 1-866-678-6789
  • Internet:
  • Mail: Canada Vigilance Program

    Marketed Health Products Directorate

    Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701E

    K1A 0K9

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