Tuesday, March 16, 2021

CFIA orders recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has order Was Yan Tong of Richmond Hill to recall apricot kernels which could lead to deadly cyanide poisoning.

The CFIA found the kernels contain amygdalin which, when eaten, can be converted to cyanide which is a poison that in sufficient quantity will 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.

There have been no reported illnesses, the CFIA said in its recall information posted on its website.

It is warning against eating Bitter Apricot Kernels in 150-gram packages dated best before Sept. 30 and Sweet Apricot Kernels, also in 150-gram packages dated best before last Jan. 31.

The brand name is in Chinese characters.