Second cyanide in food opinion – have your say on draft

EFSA is publicly consulting on the follow-up to its 2016 scientific opinion on the acute health risks from cyanogenic glycosides in raw apricot kernels. Tiny traces of naturally-occurring compounds called cyanogenic glycosides can be present in some foods and convert to cyanide after eating.

In the new draft opinion, our experts have concluded that it is unlikely that consumption of such foods (including almonds and almond based products such as marzipan) would pose a health concern. The public consultation is open until 25 January 2019.

Public consultation: draft Scientific Opinion on evaluation of the health risks related to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in foods other than raw apricot kernels

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