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Health Canada gets tough on homeopathic product packaging

A new statement, meant to protect children, must be added to the labels of these products .

Health Canada is requiring new package labeling for homeopathic products that fall under the Canadian Natural Health Product Regulations in an effort to help protect children.

The changes apply to the labeling of some homeopathic products, specifically nosode products as well as homeopathic cough, cold and flu products for children 12 and under, according to a statement from Health Canada.

This statement must now be added on nosode labels:  β€œThis product is neither a vaccine nor an alternative to vaccination. This product has not been proven to prevent infection. Health Canada does not recommend its use in children and advises that your child receive all routine vaccinations.”

In addition, Health Canada will no longer approve specific health claims on homeopathic products for cough, cold, and flu for children 12 and under, unless those claims are supported by scientific evidence.

Companies must comply with this new labeling change by July 2016.

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