For the fourth time this month apricot kernels, also known as pits or seeds, are being recalled because of elevated levels of cyanide that could lead to food poisoning. 

The three previous recalls, initiated in Canada, were posted on March 11, March 17, and March 24. Those recalls and the one posted today all involve imported apricot kernels, according to recall notices posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The problem was discovered during CFIA testing.

The new recall involves the Earth Notions brand Raw Bitter Apricot Kernels.

Earth Notions Inc. is recalling Earth Notions brand Raw 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 product has been sold in Ontario and nationally through Internet sales.

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.

As of the posting of the recall notice, no confirmed illnesses had been reported.

Consumers can use the following label information to determine whether they have the recalled product on hand:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Earth Notions Raw Bitter Apricot Kernels 454 g 6 89076 42028 0

BEST BEFORE: June 2023

LOT #: AK2007

As of the posting this recall, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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