FDA announces recall of Ceres 100% Apple Juice over high levels of mycotoxin-patulin

The Food and Drugs Authority has recalled a number of batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice on the Ghanaian market due to the presence of high levels of mycotoxin-patulin than the regulatory threshold.

The regulatory body said in a statement on Friday that most of the affected batches have been retrieved and this included all the 1 Litre pack sizes.

“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 1Litre pack sizes.”

It further urged persons in possession of the said product to return them to deports of Transmed Ghana Limited or any of the FDA’s offices nationwide.

“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” the statement added.

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