Recall of unauthorized health product: "Cellfood"

Starting date:
June 23, 2014
Posting date:
June 23, 2014
Type of communication:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Labelling and Packaging
General Public
Identification number:


Health Canada has requested that two Canadian distributors - Vivicell Distribution, Inc. and Cellfood Canada - stop sale of and recall Cellfood, an unauthorized health product manufactured by Nu Science Corporation. This product has an eight-digit natural health product number (NPN80004392) appearing on its label; however, this NPN was issued for a different Nu Science product. As such, it is Health Canada's view that the labelling of this product is false and misleading.

Products affected

Cellfood (30ml bottles)

What you should do

  • Contact your health care practitioner if you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of Cellfood.
  • Report any adverse events using this product to Health Canada

Who is affected

Canadians who either have used or purchased Cellfood.


The NPN (80004392) appearing on the label of the unauthorized version of Cellfood was issued to Nu Science Corporation for a different product with the same brand name, which may cause confusion. The authorized product should only contain iodine and water, whereas the unauthorized product, according to its label, contains different medicinal ingredients, including dissolved oxygen, trace minerals, plant source amino acids and enzymes.

The product, which was not reviewed by Health Canada for safety and efficacy, is promoted as a dietary supplement to support improved energy, endurance and natural health and is packaged in plastic 30ml bottles (see photo below).

Health Canada has received one adverse reaction report involving symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, headache and sore throat associated with the use of the unauthorized product.

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.

Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada has requested a stop sale and recall of Cellfood from Vivicell Distribution Inc. and Cellfood Canada. Health Canada is monitoring the recall and will inform Canadians if new safety information becomes available.


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For more information

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709. Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.