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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat certain Apricot Power brand apricot seeds, as they may be contaminated with toxic amygdalin, a compound that can lead to fatal cyanide toxicity.
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Which Apricot Seed Products are Affected?

According to an FDA Warning [1] issued on May 24, 2024, testing conducted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) revealed that the following products were found to contain the toxic compound amygdalin:

  • Apricot Power – Bitter Apricot Seeds – NGR FY24-015 (California Select) -Net weight 8oz (227g)
  • Apricot Power – Seeds Bitter Apricot Seeds – NGR FY24-016 (Organic Turkish Select) – Net weight 8oz (227g)
  • Apricot Power – Seeds Bitter Apricot Seeds – NGR FY24-017 (South African Select) – Net weight 16oz (454g)

Mild-to-moderate symptoms of acute cyanide toxicity from the ingestion of kernels containing amygdalin include difficulty breathing (dyspnea), bluish discoloration of the skin or mucous membranes (cyanosis), weakness, and lightheadedness. Symptoms of severe acute toxicity include coma, seizures, stupor, dysrhythmias, cardiovascular collapse, and metabolic acidosis. Chronic consumption of food containing high concentrations of cyanogenic glycosides can cause neuropathy symptoms, such as impaired eyesight (optic nerve atrophy), deafness, loss of balance (ataxia), and sensory or motor nerve dysfunction. A lethal dose of cyanide can rapidly lead to severe hypotension, apnea, seizures, and death – FDA stated.

Has a Recall Been Issued?

To date, Apricot Power has declined to recall any of the potentially contaminated apricot seed products, despite being notified of DCLS’ test results, as well as additional assessments being conducted which confirmed the presence of amygdalin in the Apricot Power apricot seeds.

FDA Recommendation

If you purchased any of the above Apricot Power apricot seeds, the FDA recommends that you not eat them, and either discard them immediately or return them to the point of purchase for a refund.

If you have ingested any potentially contaminated Apricot Power apricot seeds, you should contact your healthcare provider right away (even if the products were not consumed recently).

If you are having any serious side effects after eating apricot seeds, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Cyanide Quick Facts

  • Cyanide is naturally released from certain foods and plants, including the seeds and pits of some common fruits.
  • In the industrial sector, cyanide is crucial for the production of paper, textiles, and plastics.
  • Cyanide is also found in photographic development chemicals.
  • In metallurgy, cyanide salts are essential for electroplating, metal cleaning, and gold extraction. Additionally, cyanide gas is used for pest control in ships and buildings.
  • Cyanide is a fast-acting and potentially lethal chemical that disrupts the body’s ability to utilize oxygen.
  • Cyanide can exist as a colorless gas or liquid, such as hydrogen cyanide (HCN) or cyanogen chloride (CNCl), and as a solid crystal form, like sodium cyanide (NaCN) or potassium cyanide (KCN).
  • In military terms, cyanide is referred to as AC for hydrogen cyanide and CK for cyanogen chloride.
  • It is sometimes described as having a “bitter almond” odor, but this smell is not always present, and not everyone can detect it.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [2].

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References:

1. https://www.fda.gov/food/alerts-advisories-safety-information/fda-issues-warning-about-toxic-amygdalin-found-apricot-seeds
2. https://www.cdc.gov/chemicalemergencies/factsheets/cyanide.html

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