Cyanide in Bitter Apricot Kernels

On July 25, 2019, Health Canada published a Notice of Modification to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods to Add a Maximum Level for Cyanide in Apricot Kernels of 20 parts per million (ppm) total extractable cyanide in apricot kernels sold for human consumption, which is also applicable to apricot kernels used as an ingredient in other foods. This change will come into effect on January 25, 2020. For more information please see the information update Health Canada reminds Canadians of the risks of consuming bitter apricot kernels.

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