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Richmond grocery store recalls product over cyanide fear

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced that Sungiven Foods is recalling a brand of apricot kernels

An Asian grocery store in Richmond has recalled a product amid fears of cyanide poisoning.

Sungiven Foods on Bridgeport Road has recalled One Tang brand Bitter Apricot Kernel due to fears over the natural toxin amygdalin, which can which can release cyanide after being eaten.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the human body can eliminate small amounts of cyanide, but larger amounts can result in cyanide poisoning, which could lead to death.

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness and confusion, anxiety, restlessness, headache, nausea, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, seizures and cardiac arrest.

Sungiven has eight stores across the Lower Mainland.

The CFIA said that, if you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor:

Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home

Do not consume the recalled product

Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

The CFIA said it’s conducting a food safety investigation, “which may lead to the recall of other products.

“If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings.”