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Posted September 6, 2022
Sand Ginger Powder Recalled in Canada Due to Aconite
On September 1, 2022, Ka Wing Hong issued a recall of Mr. Right brand Keampferia Galanga Powder (sand ginger powder), a common spice used in Asian cuisine, due to aconitine contamination. Canada’s York Region Public Health determined that the product was linked with illness in 12 individuals who tested positive for aconite toxin. This toxin has also been found in some herbal teas.
Aconite, also called monkshood, wolf's bane, leopard's bane, mousebane, women's bane or blue rocket, is used in numerous Chinese herbal formulas and homeopathic remedies. It is highly toxic if not properly processed. Symptoms of aconite poisoning include nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, numbness, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, chest pain and life-threatening arrhythmias (Chan, Clin Tax 2009). In 2016, the American Heart Association warned that aconite was one of a number of herbs and supplements which can be especially dangerous in people with heart failure.
Recalled Mr. Right Keampferia Galanga Powder (see product photos) was sold in Canada in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. It does not appear to be sold in the U.S. It is packaged in a clear bag with red and yellow labeling and can be identified by the following:
- Mr. Right, Keampferia Galanga Powder (454 g)
- Product Code: AT154
- UPC: 69 892102 8038
- Codes: CAAJ13
Consumers, restaurants and retailers should check to see if they have recalled products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advises the public not to consume, serve, use, sell or distribute the recalled products, and any recalled product should be thrown out or returned to their place of purchase.
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