Hesh Pharma warning bacteria in product

Advisory - Hesh Pharma products may contain bacteria

August 13, 2010 Health Canada has issued a warning that several hair care and skin care products manufactured by Hesh Pharma of India have been found to be contaminated with bacteria.

These products can pose a risk to people with weakened immune systems. The products can also cause an infection if they are inhaled or introduced into the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth, or via open wounds on the skin.

Hesh Pharma products are distributed to various ethnic stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec. the products may be sold throughout Canada.

What do I do?

Anyone who has purchased products manufactured by Hesh Pharma of India should speak to a health care provider if they are experiencing any adverse effects. Even if you are are not having health problems you should stop using the products immediately and dispose of it in the regular household garbage.

There have been consistent bacterial contamination at high levels found in all products tested by Health Canada to date. There has been a voluntary recall notice posted for Hesh Pharma products posted in January 14 2010 and June 22 2010.

The Department of Health Safety has been actively working with known importers and retailers to remove Hesh Pharma products from the store shelves. The concern is that because of the high number of reported retail outlets, some retailers may not be aware of the issue and may be continuing to sell these products. At time of this advisory Health Canada has not received any complaints related to these products.

Further shipments of the product should be stopped by the Canada Border Services Agency. A full list of Hesh Pharma products can be found at the manufacturer's website. The Hesh Pharma products that have been available in Canada include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hesh Aritha Powder
  • Hesh Shikakai Powder
  • Hesh Tulsi Powder
  • Hesh Heenara Mehendi Powder
  • Hesh Rose Petal Powder
  • Hesh Lemon Peel Powder
  • Hesh Naturoriche Kalpitone Powder
  • Hesh Amla Powder
  • Hesh Neem Leaves Powder
  • Hesh Multani Mati Powder
  • Hesh Orange Peel Powder
  • Hesh Naturoriche Skin Tone Up Powder
  • Hesh Brahmi Powder