Apricot Seeds

Apricot seeds Rumour

March 2017
Food Safety Rumors​

​In response to what was exchanged on social media regarding the rumor saying that eating the Apricot Seeds is beneficial because it contains destructive compounds for some cancer types, Iman Al Bastaki, Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality denied what was circulated especially that the British Agency Food published a warning asking people not to eat it mentioning that its components are dangerous and might cause death.

The Answer

 

​In response to what was exchanged on social media regarding the rumor saying that eating the Apricot Seeds is beneficial because it contains destructive compounds for some cancer types, Iman Al Bastaki, Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality denied what was circulated especially that the British Agency Food published a warning asking people not to eat it mentioning that its components are dangerous and might cause death.

The Director of Food Safety Department stated that the Apricot seeds are rich of cyanide that is poisonous. In the case of exposing apricot seeds to the thermal treatment, such as what is used in makinh sweets, its danger disappears.


Al Bastaki confirmed that the Municipality is working intensively to preserve the public health and protect the public’s life. It devotes a huge number of observers and inspectors in all fields that are related to public’s health in regards to waste, food or pest control


She also stressed that the permanent directions of the Director General of the Municipality is clear in this area as he emphasizes on implementing all the local laws as well as the Gulf and international rules to protect the public health.

 

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