Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Apricot Power Brand Recall; Potential For Cyanide Poisoning

(Last Updated On: June 3, 2019)

Food Recall Warning – Excessive Consumption of Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal may cause Cyanide Poisoning

Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Ottawa, June 1, 2019 – Ecoideas Innovations Inc. is recalling Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin. This toxin may cause acute cyanide poisoning. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below as they have incorrect dosage information and excessive consumption may cause cyanide poisoning.

This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (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.

Bitter apricot kernels naturally contain a compound called amygdalin, which has the potential to release cyanide when the kernels are ingested. 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 may include headache, dizziness, mental confusion, weakness, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and coma.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Recalled products

Brand NameCommon NameSizeCode(s) on ProductUPC
Apricot PowerBitter Raw Apricot Seeds454 gEXP 01217 280284 537130
Apricot PowerBitter Raw Apricot Seeds226 gEXP 01217 528303 370840
Apricot PowerApricot Seed Meal191.4 g0218WF
March 2020
7 280284 536904

What you should do

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

Learn more about the health risks

Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News