Saturday, December 16, 2006

Canadians Warned About Possible Chloramphenicol Contamination of Ukrainian Honey

Imported Honey Bearing a Label in Ukrainian Only May Contain Chloramphenicol
Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 12/14/2006

OTTAWA, December 14, 2006 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people not to consume the honey products described below because they may be contaminated with chloramphenicol…

These honey products are from Ukraine and have been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. The importer is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.

The presence of chloramphenicol in honey poses a risk (although small) of a serious blood disorder known as aplastic anaemia. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic drug which is not permitted for use in Canada in food producing animals, including bees. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products…

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