Consumption of Organic Traditions brand Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels may cause cyanide poisoning

Starting date:
March 11, 2021
Type of communication:
Recall
Alert sub-type:
Food Recall Warning
Subcategory:
Other
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Advantage Health Matters Inc.
Distribution:
National
Extent of the product distribution:
Retail
CFIA reference number:
14272

Last updated:

Advisory details

Ottawa, March 11, 2021 - Advantage Health Matters Inc. is recalling Organic Traditions brand Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below as it contains excessive amygdalin which may cause acute cyanide poisoning.

Recalled product

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Organic Traditions Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels 227 g 6 27733 00900 3 LOT:AHM900190228D
EXP:05/2020 LOT:AHM900190321D
EXP:05/2020 LOT:AHM900190417D
EXP:05/2020 LOT:L200421135
EXP:12/2021

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

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

Apricot kernels naturally contain amygdalin, which can release cyanide after being eaten. The human body can eliminate small amounts of cyanide, but larger amounts can result in cyanide poisoning, which could lead to death.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness and confusion, anxiety, restlessness, headache, nausea, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, seizures and cardiac arrest.

Who is affected

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Background

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The 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 the recalled product from the marketplace.

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