Health Leads UK Ltd recalls Bitter Apricot Kernels because packs contain high levels of Hydrocyanic Acid (Cyanide)

17 July 2018

Health Leads UK Ltd is recalling packs of Bitter Apricot Kernels because they contain high levels of Hydrocyanic Acid (Cyanide).

Product details

Apricot Kernels 150gm

Pack size 150g
Batch code 00818
Best before 01/2019

Apricot Kernels 150gm

Pack size 150g
Batch code 00918
Best before 01/2019

Apricot Kernels 150gm

Pack size 150g
Batch code 12018
Best before 03/2019

Apricot Kernels 500gm

Pack size 500g
Batch code 04418
Best before 02/2019

Apricot Kernels 500gm

Pack size 500g
Batch code 011418
Best before 04/2019

No other Health Leads UK Ltd products are known to be affected.

Risk statement

Taking quantities of the product could lead to high levels of Hydrocyanic Acid (Cyanide) being consumed.

Consumption of Hydrocyanic Acid (Cyanide) can lead to acute toxicity in some individuals. Symptoms of acute toxicity include headache, dizziness, mental confusion, stupor and cyanosis with twitching and convulsions. Acute toxicity can be fatal.

Action taken by the company

Health Leads UK Ltd is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices have been displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products (see below). These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Health Leads UK Ltd has contacted online customers to advise of the recall. Remaining products held by Health Leads UK Ltd have been removed from sale.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them. Instead, return the products to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.

About product recalls and withdrawals

If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be 'withdrawn' (taken off the shelves) or 'recalled' (when customers are asked to return the product). The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a 'Food Alert for Action' is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.

Ref: FSA-PRIN-38-2018