Health Canada has issued a warning to all Canadian residents to beware of health products that make false or misleading claims about treating COVID-19. These products include drugs, natural health products, homeopathic products and medical products.

Health Canada has been receiving reports about these products and has issued letters to companies to remove these labels from their websites and advertising materials immediately. Many of the products that have these claims include such items as masks, colloidal silver, disinfectants, plant-based elixirs and formulas, hand sanitizers, Chaga mushroom blends, UV lamps, and oregano oil.

The selling or advertising of health products with false and misleading information is illegal. Canadians can see the online list put out by Health Canada to see if the product they have purchased has been notified by Health Canada.

The Government of Canada has also put out a list of hand sanitizers and disinfectants that meet Health Canada requirements as well as instructional guidelines on the use of masks and respirators.

If you have purchased health products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19, please stop using them immediately and talk to a health care professional if you have any concerns. If you have any information on potential false or misleading advertising or sale of products in Canada, please report it immediately.