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Burnaby grocery store issues recall due to cyanide poisoning dangers

Two recalls issued by feds in recent days

A popular Asian grocery store in Burnaby has issued a recall for one of its products.

Sungiven Foods Canada Inc., which operates a store on Hastings Street in Burnaby Heights, is recalling its One Tang brand Bitter Apricot Kernel due to the possible danger of cyanide poisoning.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says apricot kernels naturally contain the toxin amygdalin, which can release cyanide after being eaten.

The recalled product was sold in British Columbia in 180g packages with a best before date of June 20, 2023.

It should be thrown out or returned to where it was purchased.

There have been no reported illnesses linked to consumption of the kernels.

Cyanide poisoning symptoms can include weakness and confusion, nausea, difficulty breathing, seizures and cardiac arrest. In severe cases it can be fatal.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is also notifying British Columbians about a province-wide mushroom recall due to possible listeria contamination. 

In a notification issued on Nov. 25, the CFIA states that Covic International Trading Inc. is recalling Jongilpoom brand Enoki Mushroom due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recalled product has been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

The notification follows recalls of the brand in October and November, with the most recent prior recall issued on Nov. 15

Food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.

  • With files from the Canadian Press and Elana Shepert, Vancouver is Awesome