Counterfeit Botox and IKEA blinds among items recalled in Mississauga, Brampton and area

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By Samantha Lawson

Published on September 11, 2022 at 4:25 p.m.

A common household item, blinds and a less common beauty product, Botox, are both facing recalls this week in Mississauga, Brampton and surrounding areas.

Some blinds from Swedish home goods giant IKEA have not exceeded Canada’s Corded Window Covering Regulations. And Health Canada seized a counterfeit Botox product from a spa in Woodbridge.

See below for more details and information on each specific recall.


Counterfeit Botox Nuceiva

Risk: Health Canada has seized counterfeit Nuceiva (Prabotulinumtoxin A) injectable Botox from a spa in Woodbridge. Nuceiva is a botulinum toxin type A prescription drug that is given by injection for the temporary improvement of facial wrinkles in adults 18 years of age and older.

New You Spa is located at 60 Winges Rd. in Woodbridge, near Brampton. Their services range from advanced cosmetic injectables to acne solutions and laser hair removal.

Health Canada has confirmed with the manufacturer, Evolus Incorporated, that the seized products are counterfeit. The counterfeit Nuceiva is labeled with lot 121661 and expiry date 2023-04. Evolus Inc. has confirmed that there is an authorized lot with the same number, but the lot expired in 2022-04.

The color of the packaging is another difference between the genuine product and the counterfeit product. Counterfeit cardboard has a green inlay while genuine Nuceiva cardboard is white. Also missing is manufacturer (Evolus Inc.) and distributor (Clarion Medical Technologies Inc.) information on the counterfeit box.

Botulinum toxin type A (Botox) is used for cosmetic purposes to treat facial wrinkles. The potential risks associated with injecting an unauthorized botulinum toxin type A product can range from mild local paralysis to death.

Unlicensed injectable health products for cosmetic use carry a significant risk due to the potential for infection, scarring and poor outcomes.

What you should do: Do not use this counterfeit product. Consult a healthcare practitioner if you suspect this product has been administered to you at this location and you have any medical concerns. Report any adverse reactions or health product complaints to Health Canada.


IKEA TRIPPEVALS and HOPPVALS Cellular Shades

Risk: IKEA TRIPPEVALS and HOPPVALS cellular shades are being recalled due to potential choking hazard to children.

Health Canada has determined that the recalled blinds do not comply with the Corded Window Covering Regulations. The product design does not adequately address the hazards of small parts that can pose a choking hazard to young children.

HOPPVALS blinds are sold in three colors, white, gray and blue. TRIPPEVALS blinds are slightly larger and sold in light gray and white.

IKEA reported that 127,857 units of the affected products were sold in Canada from May 2021 to July 2022.

Residents should note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits the recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

What you should do: Immediately stop using the recalled IKEA TRIPPEVALS and HOPPVALS cellular shades and contact IKEA for a repair/replacement kit. Customers who do not wish to order a repair kit can return the product to an IKEA store for a refund.


Chicology Cordless 1-inch Vinyl Mini Shades

Risk: Chicology Cordless 1-inch Mini Vinyl Shades are being recalled due to strangulation and choking hazard to children. This recall involves Chicology mini blinds UPC number 8 12030 03236 0, model VNBGW4348. The UPC number can be found on the packing material. The product itself does not have a label showing the UPC or model number.

Health Canada has determined that the recalled blinds do not meet the Corded Window Coverings Regulations and pose a strangulation and choking hazard. The different configurations of the products make it possible to create loops exceeding 44cm.

Young children can loop cords around their necks, posing a strangulation and entanglement hazard. Health Canada has also determined that the bottom rail end caps can detach, creating a small room and posing a choking hazard to young children.

The company reported that 687 units of the affected product were sold in Canada from October 2019 to July 2022.

What you should do: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Chicology Mini Shades and contact the company for a refund. Contact Chicology by email at [email protected]

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