Well being Canada has issued a public warning after it says counterfeit COVID-19 speedy antigen check kits had been present in Ontario.
The company says the counterfeit assessments had been bought on-line in 25-pack packing containers by a distributor known as Healthful Plus with out the required licence.
It says the packaging resembles genuine merchandise by BTNX Inc. and makes use of the machine identifier “COV-19C25,” but in addition has a number of key variations.
These embrace the producer being listed as Well being Advance Inc. reasonably than BTNX Inc.; Well being Advance being listed as an “official Canadian distributor”; and the addition of the textual content “Well being Canada accredited” on the field.
Well being Canada says it has not assessed the protection and effectiveness of the counterfeit kits.
The company says anybody who suspects they’ve a counterfeit package ought to chorus from utilizing it and as a substitute report it, both to the federal government or to BTNX.
Well being Canada says the problem seems to be restricted to 1 producer, Well being Advance Inc., and one distributor, Healthful Plus. It says Well being Advance seems to now not be making medical units and Healthful Plus’s web site has been taken down.