The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling a number of Apricot Power brand products, including Apricot Power ‘Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds’, as there is potential in the products to cause “acute cyanide poisoning”.
According to the CFIA, the Ontario-based production company, Ecoideas Innovations Inc., included ‘incorrect dosage information’ and that ‘excessive consumption may cause cyanide poisoning’. The products included in the recall are Apricot Power ‘Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds’, and Apricot Power ‘Apricot Seed Meals’.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Apricot Power products contain the natural toxin ‘amygdalin’, which has the potential to release cyanide when the apricot seed kernels are ingested.
While the human body has the ability to detoxify minor amounts of cyanide that could be present, larger amounts can be deadly. There are a number of symptoms of acute cyanide poisoning that include headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and confusion, as well as abdominal discomfort, seizures and difficulty breathing.
The CFIA have released the following photos of the recalled products:
Currently there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the products, but it has been recommended by the agency that anybody who has uneaten Apricot Power ‘Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds’, or ‘Apricot Seed Meals’ should dispose of them immediately, or return them to the place of purchase to refund.
The CFIA is in the process of ensuring that the industry is removing these products from the marketplace.
Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.