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Call for submissions on proposal to prohibit sale of raw apricot kernels

Date: 16/12/2014

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.

“There 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.

“FSANZ welcomes comments on the proposal from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community.”

The closing date for submissions is 10 February 2015.​

More information

Read the call for submissions document for Proposal P1016​

Survey and risk assessment on foods containing cyanogenic glycosides

Consumer warning about raw apricot kernels

Information on how to make a submission​

Media contact: 0401 714 265 (Australia) or +61 401 714 265 (from New Zealand).​

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