June 16, 2009
Some apricot kernels recalled in Canada
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a warning about consuming Our Father's Farm-brand apricot kernels in excessive amounts.
The CFIA said Our Father's Farm Ultra Bitter Apricot Kernels contain a natural toxin called amygdalin, which might cause acute cyanide poisoning.
The federal agency said the product has been distributed in Ontario and might have been sold nationally.
Bitter apricot kernels naturally contain a compound called amygdalin, which has the potential to release cyanide when the kernels are ingested, the CFIA said.
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 can include headache, dizziness, mental confusion, weakness, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and coma.
The CFIA said it is working with the manufacturer to recall the product from the market place.