Product recall

As of July 2017 it has been prohibited to supply or offer for sale apricot kernels containing more than 20 mg/kg of hydrocyanic acid.

Therefore, Health Leads UK Limited wish to comply with a legal requirement and is recalling packs of Bitter Apricot Kernels as the food has been found to contain levels of hydrocyanic acid (cyanide) far exceeding the permitted legal maximum. Hydrocyanic acid (cyanide) is highly toxic to humans. The product was sold in pack sizes of 150 g and 500 g.

Bitter Apricot Kernals

Foods supplied after the 8th January 2018 with the following batch numbers and best-before dates are known to be affected.

150 gm – Batch No. 00818 BB 01/19 – Batch No. 00918
BB 01/19 – Batch No. 12018 BB 03/19

500 gm – Batch No 04418 BB 02/19 – Batch No. 011418
BB 04/19

Customers are advised not to consume the product and to return it to the store from which they purchased it for a full refund. Customers who bought the product directly from Health Leads UK Limited may contact the supplier 0n 01559 364711, email sales or write as above.

We apologise that this matter has only recently been brought to our attention as we hadn’t been contacted when the new directive came into effect in July 2017 and were still adhering to the guidelines of the previous European regulations (Commission Regulation (EC) no 1881/2006 19 Dec 2006). Hence the label directions according to the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) for 1-2 kernels per day maximum, this was their position up to July 2017. However, we now need to correct this and having never been through a recall process we appreciate your understanding in the matter. Please be assured that our customer’s health and wellbeing has always been and continues to be of paramount importance to us all at Health Leads.

Health Leads UK Limited
Horeb Business Park
Ceredigion SA44 4JG

Tel: 0845 345 8880 and 01559 364711



Recall: Health Leads UK Limited – Bitter apricot kernels