Food Standards Australia New
Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a proposal to prohibit the sale
of raw apricot kernels.
FSANZ Chief Executive Officer
Steve McCutcheon said raw apricot kernels contain cyanogenic glycosides, which
are broken down to release cyanide when eaten.
“FSANZ conducted a risk
assessment on a number of foods containing cyanogenic glycosides and found only raw apricot
kernels (both with and without skin) pose an acute public health and safety
risk,” Mr McCutcheon said.
have been a number of cases of cyanide poisoning related to consumption of
apricot kernels, with some consumers eating them believing they can help cure or prevent cancer although there is no
credible evidence this is the case.
comments on the proposal from government agencies, public health professionals,
industry and the community.”
The closing date for
submissions is 10 February 2015.
Read the call for submissions document for Proposal P1016
Survey and risk assessment
on foods containing cyanogenic glycosides
Consumer warning about raw
Information on how to make a submission
contact: 0401 714 265
(Australia) or +61 401 714 265 (from New Zealand).