Not to consume Australian Apricot Kernels
|Source of Information||
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Aprisnax Australian Raw Apricot Kernels
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
Presence of higher than usual levels of hydrocyanic acid.
Cyanogenic glycosides, which naturally present in apricot kernels, are relatively non-toxic. However, they can release hydrocyanic acid, which is toxic to humans, as a result of chemical reaction.
In humans, the clinical signs of acute cyanide intoxication include rapid respiration, drop in blood pressure, headache, stomach pain and vomiting.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
The CFS has contacted the Australian authorities for more information. So far, there is no indication of any affected product being imported to Hong Kong.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop selling the affected product.
|Advice to Consumers||
Consumers who have recently bought any of the product concerned abroad or online, or if they are unsure of the details of relevant product, should stop eating it. People should also seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after consuming the particular product.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department