Some fresh fruits, including cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots have pits that contains cyanide compounds, which are poisonous. If a couple pits are accidentally swallowed, it will not cause poisoning. The pits are more poisonous if they are ground up/crushed or the seeds are chewed. Fruit that has not been pitted should not be blended into a smoothie.
Dependent on the amount swallowed.
Low for small exposures.
- Possible upset stomach (discomfort, nausea, isolated episode of vomiting or diarrhea).
- Large/intentional exposures can cause serious symptoms.
- Remove any remaining pits from mouth
- Provide something to drink for dilution.
- Call the Poison Centre for further advice.
- Every case is different. OPC is available 24hrs/day to provide information for your individual situation. Call 1-800-268-9017 (Toll-free) or 416-813-5900 (Local).