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Evive Nutrition recalling smoothie product because of cyanide poisoning risk

OTTAWA — Evive Nutrition Inc. is recalling its Immunity Super Functional Smoothie because it contains raw elderberries that may cause cyanide poisoning.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall of the product sold online was triggered by consumer complaints, noting there have been reported illnesses associated with the product.

The agency says raw elderberries naturally contain cyanogenic glycosdies, which can release cyanide after being eaten.

It says that while the body can process small amounts of cyanide, larger amounts can result in poisoning and could lead to death.  

Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include weakness and confusion, anxiety, restlessness, headache, nausea, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, seizures and cardiac arrest.

The agency says it is conducting a food safety investigation that may lead to the recall of other products. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2022.

The Canadian Press