Oil prices have plummeted and Neem Oil Spray is being recalled due to an outbreak of the highly contagious disease Neem Fever, according to CBC News.
Neem is a non-pesticide oil used as an insecticide in many products.
The oil is available online at Cabela’s and Cabelas Canada.
It costs about $1.39 a litre, but the price has soared since Thursday morning, according the CBC.
“I think we are seeing a very real spike in the price of Neem,” said John Wiens, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
Wiens said the outbreak was the first in Canada, and the price was likely driven by the widespread use of Nees in lawn and garden products.
Nees are not available in Canada.
In an emailed statement, the National Capital Commission said the company is recalling the product because the outbreak had not been properly documented and no information was available to determine the specific health risks.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation and continue to work closely with the affected consumers and health authorities to protect them,” said the commission in a statement.
It added that the commission was working with the federal government to review the recall and ensure Neem products are safe for consumers.
In Alberta, Neem Spray has also been recalled due a case of Neema, a disease in which an infected person becomes lethargic and has difficulty breathing.
The product can be purchased at CVS Pharmacy in Lethbridge.
In a statement on Monday, CVS said it had “suspended sales of Neems” as a precaution and was working closely with health authorities.
The Alberta Health Services said in a news release that there have been no reports of illness linked to Neem.
“Due to this outbreak, we are suspending sales of all Neem spray products in Alberta,” the release said.
“If you have Neema symptoms or have purchased Neem in the past, contact your health care provider immediately.
Neems are available at CTV and Crave in Lethgthorpe.”
In Saskatchewan, a Neem outbreak has also caused a drop in oil prices, the Saskatchewan government said.
Neema is an airborne infection caused by the bacterium Neem, a species of fungus that thrives in the soil.
It can be spread by breathing the spores.
Health officials in Saskatchewan said Neem has been linked to two cases in the province.
In the past week, Neema cases have been reported in three different communities in Saskatchewan, said Sarah Gee, the health minister.
“So we are continuing to monitor the outbreak closely,” she said.
She added that Saskatchewan was not experiencing any immediate health impacts, and Neema did not pose a public health risk.
“But we are closely monitoring the situation,” she told CBC News on Monday.
Neep, a Canadian producer, says it is working closely to find solutions to the issue.
In Canada, Neep is a product made from the oil tree.
In Saskatchewan Neep spray is sold in supermarkets and is manufactured by Cephalon-Petroleum.
It is made from a mixture of oil tree sap, Neeps sap and glycerin.
The syrup is sold at grocery stores, health food stores and pharmacies, according CepHOL, a company that makes the syrup.
In June, Cephelin-Petrol said it was recalling all Neep-branded products because it had identified a problem with the product.
“Neep-based products contain Neep oil which is the product that was in the sample of Neep which was tested and found to contain Neem and not Neep sap,” Cephelon-Percol said in the statement.
“Therefore, we will be issuing an additional recall of Neeps products for the purpose of removing Neep products from our shelves.”
The company also said it will make “a formal recall of all products currently in the Canadian supply chain and we will conduct additional safety testing of Neeman-based Neep oils as part of the safety testing process.”
It said the products would be replaced with a new version made from an oil that is a pure Neep source.
Cepholon-petrol said in its statement that it was working to ensure the Neep brand was “safe” for use, and said it has “suspend all Neeman products” from the Saskatchewan and Alberta markets.
In September, CEPholon said it would begin a “full public health and safety review” of the Neem brand and would be contacting retailers to determine if the products could be sold again.
It also said there was a “serious risk” of a Neema outbreak in Saskatchewan and that the Neema brand was not safe to use in Alberta.
“It is important to note that Neema-based oil products are currently sold in Saskatchewan.
The Neema oil is not currently being distributed to consumers in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” CEPH