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Regulating Natural Health Products for Animals in Canada

Health Canada has been regulating the use of natural health products (NHPs) for humans since 2004. They set up the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) in response to various claims made by companies, mainly from outside of Canada, about vitamins and supplements to be sold here. As stated on the NHPD website, their role is “to ensure that Canadians have ready access to natural health products that are safe, effective and of high quality while respecting freedom of choice.” Initially, this was not well-received by the NHP industry and its consumers. Websites went up rallying against the various regulations proposed by the government and stories started to circulate about people being fined or put in jail for giving vitamin C to their kids for a cold. It really was a wild time for anyone involved. Now that we have come several years down the road, and the regulations are fairly…

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