Excessive Consumption of Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal may cause Cyanide Poisoning

Starting date:
June 1, 2019
Type of communication:
Alert sub-type:
Food Recall Warning
Chemical, Cyanide Poisoning
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Ecoideas Innovations Inc.
Extent of the product distribution:
CFIA reference number:

Last updated:

Advisory details

Ottawa, June 1, 2019 - Ecoideas Innovations Inc. is recalling Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin. This toxin may cause acute cyanide poisoning. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below as they have incorrect dosage information and excessive consumption may cause cyanide poisoning.

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled products 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.

Who is affected

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


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.

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

Affected products

Affected products
Brand name Common name Size Code(s) on product UPC
Apricot Power Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds 454 g EXP 0121 7 280284 537130
Apricot Power Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds 226 g EXP 0121 7 528303 370840
Apricot Power Apricot Seed Meal 191.4 g 0218WF
March 2020
7 280284 536904


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For more information

Ecoideas Innovations Inc,; Tel: 905-475-5060; Fax: 905-475-6050; info@ecoideas.ca

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