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This archive of previously issued food recalls and allergy alerts is provided for reference and research purposes.

Users should note that the products listed in the archive have been subject to removal from the marketplace or appropriate corrective action. Food recalls or allergy alerts are not an indication of the food safety status of products produced at a later date.

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

From: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Recall date:
June 1, 2019
Reason for recall:
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Ecoideas Innovations Inc.
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Recall details

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.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Code(s) on Product
Apricot Power Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds 454 g 7 280284 537130 EXP 0121
Apricot Power Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds 226 g 7 528303 370840 EXP 0121
Apricot Power Apricot Seed Meal 191.4 g 7 280284 536904 0218WF
March 2020

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.

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.


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.

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


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

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