Cyanide in apricot kernels ~ National food recall on for some products

Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels

Consumption of certain apricot kernel products may cause cyanide poisoning

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is urging consumers of a variety of apricot kernel products and by-products to check their cupboards for products listed below.

A national and industry-wide recall is currently underway for certain apricot kernel products from the marketplace due to natural toxin amygdalin. Consumers should not consume the recalled products as they contain excessive amygdalin which may cause acute cyanide poisoning.

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.

Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.


  • Apricot Power- Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds – 226.8 g – 7 528303 370840 – EXP0121 – National
  • Chen-Chen – Dried Apricot North Almond Seeds – 170 g – 0 20616 99366 4 –                    Best Before: 10.NOV.2021 – British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan
  • Double Happiness – Dried Apricot Seed Mix – 200 g – 6 26430 00016 0 –                       Best before: 30/12/2020 – British Columbia, Alberta
  • Earth Notions – Raw Bitter Apricot Kernels – 454 g – 6 89076 42028 0 –                      Best before: April 2020 – Lot #: AK1803 Best before: April 2021 – Lot #: AK1904 –    Ontario and nationally through Internet sales
  • Natural Herbs Trading Co., Ltd. – Bitter Apricot Kernels – 100 g –  None – 3106030 – British Columbia
  • Organic Traditions – Dried Bitter Apricot Kernels – 227 g – 6 27733 00900 3 – All lot codes National
  • Surrey Natural Foods – Organic Bitter Apricot Kernels – Variable – Starting with 0 201614
    All Packed on dates up to and including March 12th, 2021 – British Columbia

f you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

View CFIA’s detailed explanation of the food safety investigation and recall process

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

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 Canadian Food Inspection Agency is verifying that industry is removing the recalled products from the marketplace.