TORONTO - A manufacturer of the blood thinner heparin has initiated a recall because the products may be contaminated.

B. Braun Medical Inc. has recalled its heparin products in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

Health Canada issued a statement Friday confirming the recall.

It says the B. Braun products contain oversulphated condroitin sulphate, but adds no allergic reactions have been reported.

Although it's the first heparin recall in Canada, American manufacturer Baxter International pulled their products after 19 people died and hundreds of others reported adverse reactions.

Heparin is a blood thinner that's often used to prevent clots after surgery or during dialysis.