Update: Health Canada Strengthens Warnings on Labels for Green Tea Extract after Safety Review

Health Canada Strengthens Warnings on Labels for Green Tea Extract

Update: Health Canada Strengthens Warnings on Labels for Green Tea Extract after Safety Review

A recent safety review of Green Tea Extract by Health Canada has prompted the agency to reinforce label warnings, as announced on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  The changes are in response to yet another case of liver and kidney injury caused by a diet supplement.

Health Canada is now asking manufacturers to use stronger language on their product labels, as follows:

  • “Stop use if you develop symptoms of liver trouble such as yellowing of the skin/eyes (jaundice), stomach pain, dark urine, sweating, nausea, unusual tiredness and/or loss of appetite, and consult a healthcare practitioner.”
  • “Rare, unpredictable cases of liver injury associated with green tea extract-containing products have been reported (in Canada and internationally).”

Health Canada is also issuing a specific warning for children and teenagers

As a precautionary measure, Health Canada is now advising companies that make “natural health products” containing Green Tea Extract intended for children and adolescents, to either remove this ingredient, or revise the product label to indicate that it is only intended for adults over 18 years of age.

Learn more about the hazards of Green Tea Extract and relevance of pharmacogenetics here: www.pillcheck.ca

 

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