Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal are being recalled across Canada due to a natural toxin called amygdalin, which may cause acute cyanide poisoning.
The following product have been sold nationally and should not be consumed, as they have incorrect dosage information and excessive consumption may cause poisoning.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
Still, you should check to see if you have recalled product in your home. If you do, they should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
Bitter apricot kernels look like almonds and 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.
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. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.