Health Canada Recalls Unauthorized Nicotine Pouches

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Health Canada, the country’s national public health agency, has issued a recall for several brands of nicotine pouches that were being sold without authorization. The latest recall, announced on Friday, targets XQS’ 4-milligram and 6-milligram nicotine pouches, which were available in various flavors such as Blueberry Mint, Green Mint, Fizzy Cola, and Tropical.

This recall follows a similar action earlier in the week, when Zyn nicotine pouches were also pulled from shelves due to their unauthorized status. Rothmans, Benson and Hedges, the manufacturer of Zyn pouches, stated in a response to that “Zyn is not authorized for sale in Canada. The products at issue are being sold by unauthorized parties.”

The company further emphasized its commitment to combating illicit trade, stating, “Rothmans, Benson and Hedges works with law enforcement to stop illicit trade and we are supportive of government efforts on this front.”

Concerns Over Unauthorized Nicotine Products

The recall of these unauthorized nicotine pouches highlights the growing concern over the sale and distribution of unregulated nicotine products in Canada. Health Canada has been working diligently to ensure that all nicotine-containing products available to consumers have undergone the necessary safety and efficacy evaluations.

Nicotine pouches, which are placed between the lip and gum to deliver nicotine without the need for smoking or vaping, have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. However, the long-term health effects of these products are still being studied, and their unauthorized sale raises concerns about potential risks to consumer health.

Advice for Consumers

Health Canada advises consumers to check if their nicotine pouches are affected by the recall and to consult with a healthcare provider before discontinuing use or if they experience any health concerns related to the product.

The agency also encourages individuals to report any adverse reactions or complaints related to these unauthorized nicotine pouches to Health Canada’s online complaint form or by contacting their regional Product Safety Office.

As the investigation into the unauthorized sale of nicotine pouches continues, Health Canada remains committed to protecting public health and ensuring that all nicotine products available in the country meet the necessary safety and regulatory standards.

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Matthew Ma