FSA UK – Organic apricot kernels recalled due to incorrect instructions for use

Today I publish a peculiar food recall: not only because it regards a less usual aspect than pathogens or contaminants, but also because is justified on the ground of a safety advice given by a national competent authority, namely the Food Standard Agency in UK. The product has been also distributed in Ireland, Poland and Slovenia.
Nua Naturals is recalling batches of Organic Apricot Kernels as the recommended usage on the label incorrectly advises to consume ‘No more than 3 to 5 kernels daily.’ We advise consumption of bitter apricot kernels should not exceed 1-2 kernels per adult per day due to potential acute and long term toxic effects associated with cyanide, which is found as a natural toxin in bitter apricot kernels.

Due to the potential acute and long term toxic effects associated with cyanide, the FSA advises that the consumption of apricot kernels should not exceed 1-2 kernels per adult per day, as doses above this could cause an acute health risk.

The products being recalled are:

Product: Nua Naturals Organic Apricot Kernels

Pack size: 175g

‘Best before’ end: May 2017 with batch codes: 150929, 151117, 160119

Best before’ end: November 2016 with batch codes: 150629, 150129, 150410

No other Nua Naturals products are known to be affected.

Nua Naturals has recalled the above products and issued point-of-sale notices to stores selling the products, requesting customers who have bought this product to return it to the store of purchase. A copy of the point-of-sale recall notice can be found at the link below:

PDF file Customer notice: Nua Naturals Organic Apricot Kernels

Consumers are advised not to consume any of the above product, and return the affected products to the store of purchase.

(Source: FSA website)

Food contact materials seminar – Savona (3/3/2016)

On 3rd March 2016, I will participate as speaker in an interesting event organised by the Chemical Labs of the Chamber of Commerce of Torino and Savona. The event will be in Savona and the language Italian.

I will speak about food business operators liability, sanctions provided by the national regulatory framework, safety concerns related to food packaging and case studies from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

There will be speeches from the competent sanitary authority about official controls on the market, with Davide Bordonaro and Paola Sfacteria, and case studies from the industry and the retailers: I am sure that my friend Bruno Simonetta will give you a great overview about the complexity you have to face managing hundreds of different materials at retail stage.

You can view the full program and details for subscriptions here.