Consumption of Chen-Chen brand Dried Apricot North Almond Seeds may cause cyanide poisoning

Starting date:
April 6, 2021
Type of communication:
Recall
Alert sub-type:
Updated Food Recall Warning
Subcategory:
Chemical
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Source of recall:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Recalling firm:
Chevalier Star Trading Co. Ltd.
Distribution:
British Columbia, Possibly National
Extent of the product distribution:
Retail
CFIA reference number:
14335

Last updated:

Advisory details

Ottawa, April 6, 2021 - The food recall warning issued on March 12, 2021 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Chevalier Star Trading Co., Ltd. is recalling Chen-Chen brand Dried Apricot North Almond Seeds 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 products

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Chen-Chen Dried Apricot North Almond Seeds 170 g 0 20616 99366 4 Best Before: 12.MAY.2022

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 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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