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FOOD RECALL: Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal

Incorrect dosage of natural toxin amygdalin, introduces the risk of acute cyanide poisoning
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Ecoideas Innovations Inc. recalls Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin, which has the potential to cause acute cyanide poisoning (Supplied)

Ecoideas Innovations Inc. is recalling Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin.

Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below as they have incorrect dosage information and excessive consumption may cause acute cyanide poisoning.

Recalled products

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Apricot Power Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds 454 g 7 280284 537130 EXP 0121
Apricot Power Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds 226 g 7 528303 370840 EXP 0121
Apricot Power Apricot Seed Meal 191.4 g 7 280284 536904 0218WF

March  2020

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home, and if so, the product should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Bitter apricot kernels naturally contain a compound called amygdalin, which has the potential to release cyanide when the kernels are ingested. Small amounts of cyanide can be detoxified by the human body, but high amounts may be lethal.

Symptoms of acute exposure to high levels of cyanide may include headache, dizziness, mental confusion, weakness, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and coma.

Find detailed information on the health risks associated with exposure to cyanide, as well as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's recall process, here.

Background

This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. 

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.




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