Apricot kernels recalled for risk of cyanide poisoning –

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Apricot kernels recalled for risk of cyanide poisoning – fr


TORONTO – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a nationwide recall for one brand of apricot kernels, warning they could cause cyanide poisoning.

Our Father’s Farm brand Bitter Apricot Kernels and Extremely Bitter Apricot Kernels are affected by this recall. The subject products are available in quantities of 454 grams, 908 grams and 1.8 kilograms and have an expiration date of January 31, 2022. The products may have been sold online and in stores.

The CFIA urges anyone with these affected products in their home not to consume them.

Health Canada states that apricot kernels contain a natural amount of cyanogenic glycosides. The human body can detoxify small amounts of cyanide, but cyanide poisoning can occur if consumed in larger amounts. Health Canada allows 20 parts per million extractable cyanide in apricot kernel products sold as food.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness, confusion, anxiety, restlessness, headache, nausea, and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, cyanide poisoning can lead to shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, seizures, and cardiac arrest.

This is not the first time in recent months that the CFIA has issued an apricot kernel recall. In March, the CFIA recalled 10 different apricot kernel products, also over concerns that they could cause cyanide poisoning.

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