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Food Recall Alert: Organic Traditions Brand Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels may cause Cyanide Poisoning

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.

The following product has been sold nationally.

Food Recall Warning - Consumption of Organic Traditions brand Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels may cause cyanide poisoning
Food Recall Warning - Consumption of Organic Traditions brand Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels may cause cyanide poisoning

Recalled product Organic Traditions Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels

Brand Product Size UPC Codes

227 g6 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.

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.

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

SOURCE Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) via CISION

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