Illegal health and beauty products pose safety risk

None of these eye products has been approved for sale by Health Canada but were available at Kiokii And…, a chain that is rapidly expanding throughout the GTA. The store vowed to stop selling unauthorized products. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star

An Investigative Journalism Bureau/Toronto Star investigation found more than 100 products that Health Canada officials confirmed have not been approved for sale or assessed for safety. Some of these items pose serious potential health risks to consumers.

A handful, including eye drops, headache medication, hemorrhoid ointment and kids canker sore patches, were for sale despite having ingredients that require a prescription from a doctor and oversight from a pharmacist at the point of sale.

IJB Reporter Alina Snisarenko discuses the IJB’s investigation into illegal health and beauty products on Canadian shelves.