Apricot kernels pulled over cyanide concerns

7 March 2016

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Packets of organic apricot kernels have been taken off shelves, because of the labelling which fails to tell you that, if you eat to many of them, you risk cyanide poisoning.

Cyanide is a natural toxin in the kernels, and the Food Standards Agency have said that no more than two kernels should be eaten in a day. These particular packets are 175g packs of organic apricot kernels from Nua Naturals, as they incorrectly state that you should consume “no more than three to five kernels daily.”

These kernels have been sold at health food shops for years now, and are well known in Chinese medicine, for all manner of ailments.

The FSA said: “Nua Naturals is recalling batches of Organic Apricot Kernels as the recommended usage on the label incorrectly advises to consume ‘No more than three to five kernels daily.’"

"We advise consumption of bitter apricot kernels should not exceed one to two kernels per adult per day due to potential acute and long term toxic effects associated with cyanide, which is found as a natural toxin in bitter apricot kernels. Due to the potential acute and long term toxic effects associated with cyanide, the FSA advises that the consumption of apricot kernels should not exceed one to two kernels per adult per day, as doses above this could cause an acute health risk."

"Nua Naturals has recalled the above products and issued point-of-sale notices to stores selling the products, requesting customers who have bought this product to return it to the store of purchase. Consumers are advised not to consume any of the above product, and return the affected products to the store of purchase."

The affected packets have the ‘Best before’ end: May 2017 with batch codes: 150929, 151117, 160119 and ‘Best before’ end: November 2016 with batch codes: 150629, 150129, 150410.

TOPICS:   Recalls

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