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Posted February 22, 2021

Canadian Creatine Recalled for Dangerous Levels of Vitamin D

On February 21, 2021, the Canadian company Genex Nutraceuticals recalled one lot of Perfect Sports Core Series Pure Creatine (also known as Creatine Powder) because it "contains vitamin D that is not listed on the label, at dangerous levels." The amount of vitamin D the product may contain was not provided in the recall notice. However, this product is not authorized in Canada to contain vitamin D.

Excessive intake of vitamin D as a supplement can result in hypercalcemia (too much calcium in the blood) with symptoms including constipation, headache, irritability, confusion, weakness, metallic taste, loss of appetite, painful calcium deposits and kidney failure. Health Canada warns that pregnant women in particular should not take more than 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day because it may cause risks to the newborn.

(See the Concerns and Cautions section of ConsumerLab's Vitamin D Supplements Review for more about the risks of taking too much vitamin D).

Perfect Sports Core Series Pure Creatine is sold as an unflavored powder in a white container of 400g or 1,000g with the product name in big red letters. This product is sold online to consumers in the U.S. as well as Canada, although it's unclear if the affected lot has been sold in the U.S. The recalled lot is 2006CRTN807.

Customers who have the recalled product should stop using it and return it to the place of purchase. Consumers and healthcare providers are also encouraged to report any adverse reactions to Health Canada's Adverse Events website.

See ConsumerLab's Reviews of Muscle & Workout Supplements (Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acids)  and Vitamin D Supplements for tests of related products.

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Recall of one lot of Perfect Sports Core Series Pure Creatine (also known as Creatine Powder) due to dangerous levels of Vitamin D contamination

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