Notice of Health Canada's Proposal to Add Cyanide in Apricot Kernels to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods – Reference Number: NOP/ADP C-2018-1
December 19, 2018
Newly available information regarding how raw apricot kernels are being sold in Canada and indications that consumers may not be aware of or follow Health Canada's existing consumption advisory suggests further risk management actions are required to address any potential health risks associated with cyanide poisoning from the consumption of raw apricot kernels.
The Department is therefore proposing further action to protect Canadians from the potential risk of cyanide due to the consumption of apricot kernels through the implementation of one of three risk management options as described in the Information Document.
The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's intention in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or feedback on the options presented in this proposal.
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on cyanide in apricot kernels. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on this proposal or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words “Cyanide in Apricot Kernels (NOP C-2018-1)” in the subject line of your e-mail. Health Canada is able to consider comments or information received by March 4, 2019, 75 days from the date of this posting.
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