LFood and Drugs Authority(FDA) has called for withdrawal of some contaminated batches of Ceres 100% Apple juice from market.
According to the Food and Drugs Authority, this decision was made after information received from the producer of Ceres 100% Apple Juice, Pioneer Foods Groceries (Pty) limited, South Korea and the International Food Safety Network (INFOSAN) revealed certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice contains high mycotoxin-patulin.
“The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana in collaboration with Transmed Ghana Limited, Accra wishes to bring to the attention of the public an ongoing recall of certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice.
This follows information received from the International Food Safety Network (INFOSAN) and the manufacturer of the product, Pioneer Foods Groceries (Pty) Limited, South Africa confirming that extensive laboratory tests and consultations with their local supplier of the apple juice concentrate, revealed that it contained levels of mycotoxin-patulin higher than the regulatory threshold.
It is important to note that so far, most of the affected batches have been successfully retrieved and this includes all the 1 Litre pack sizes.
The FDA’s Market Surveillance team is therefore working earnestly with the importer to remove all the affected products in trade and is calling on persons in possession of the above products to return them to any of the depots of Transmed Ghana Limited, nationwide or to any FDA offices across the country”, a statement issued by the food regulatory body, Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), revealed.