The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume and retailers, restaurants and institutions not to sell or use the product described below due to natural toxin amygdalin. Consumers should not consume the product described below as it contains excessive amygdalin which may cause acute cyanide poisoning.
What you should do
If you think you became sick from consuming a food product, call your doctor.
Check to see if you have the affected product in your home or establishment. If the affected product is in your home or establishment, do not consume, sell, or use it.
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.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.