We also advise that sweet apricot kernels, bitter almond kernels and powdered forms* are not eaten as the same toxic chemical can be present in these also.
Advice on apricot kernels and bitter almond kernels
12 May 2016
We advise that bitter apricot kernels including the powdered forms should not be eaten. This is because a naturally-occurring substance in the kernels changes – after people eat the products – to cyanide. Our updated advice follows a recent evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority.