Public advisory

Unauthorized product, Animal Test, may pose serious risk to health

Starting date:
June 1, 2016
Posting date:
June 1, 2016
Type of communication:
Natural health products, Affects children, pregnant or breast feeding women, Specialized Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Unauthorized products
General Public
Identification number:


As a follow-up to a previous advisory, Health Canada is reminding Canadians about the serious risks posed by the unauthorized product "Animal Test,"after identifying additional retailers and a distributor selling the product. This product may pose a serious risk to the health of Canadians. The product is marketed as a dietary supplement and is labelled to contain yohimbine, a prescription drug ingredient.

Company Location Market Action Date Added
BOSS Supplements 411 Bayfield Street, Barrie, Ontario Removal from sale March 23, 2016
Supplement King 1250 Brant Street, Unit 91, Burlington, Ontario Removal from sale May 20, 2016
Nutrition Excellence 1445 Norjohn Court, Unit 3, Burlington, Ontario Product recall May 30, 2016
Popeye's Supplements 11 William Kitchen Road, Toronto, Ontario Removal from sale May 30, 2016
Body Nutrition Systems 180 North Front Street, Belleville, Ontario Removal from sale May 30, 2016

What you should do

  • Consult with your health care practitioner if you have used this product and have health concerns.
  • Read the product label to verify that health products have been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Authorized products have an eight-digit DIN, a DIN-HM or a NPN.
  • Verify if products have been authorized for sale by searching the Drug Product Database and the Licensed Natural Health Product Database.
  • Report side effects to Health Canada by calling toll-free 1-866-234-2345, or visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
  • Report complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free 1-800-267-9675, or complete an online complaint form.

Who is affected

Consumers who have bought or used any of the affected product.


Yohimbine is a prescription drug ingredient. The use of drugs containing yohimbine (either as yohimbine hydrochloride or yohimbe bark extract) may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in people with high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver disease. Side effects associated with yohimbine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders. It should not be used by children, pregnant or nursing women.

Affected products

Animal Test

Product description

Ingredient: Yohimbine bark extract

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Report health or safety concerns

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.

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What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada is monitoring the stop sale and product recall. Should additional retailers or distributors of these products be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians.