FDA Recalls Certain Batches Of Ceres 100% Apple Juice, Says They Are Unwholesome For Public Use
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in collaboration with Transmed Ghana Limited, Accra says it is recalling certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice.
According to FDA, the recalled batches are unwholesome for public consumption.
In a release signed by the DCE, Health Products and Technologies Division, Seth Seaneke, it said "Ceres Apple 4x6x200ml Tetrapak with a single unit barcode; 6001240200018 and 22-06-2021/28-06-2021 and 22-06-2022/28-06-2022 as production and best before dates respectively"
"Ceres Apple Sparkling 275ml glass with unit barcode 6001240222676 having 15/06/2021 and 15/06/2022 as production and best before dates respectively"
"Ceres Apple 12x1L with single unit barcode 6001240100011 having 17-06-2021/18-06-2021/21-06-2021/29-06-2021/30-06-2021 and 17-06-2022/18-06-2022/21-06-2022/29-06-2022/30-06-2022"
The statement further explained that the recall 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 suppliers of the apple juice concentrate, revealed that it contained levels of mycotoxin-patulin higher than the regulatory threshold.
The FDA says 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 says its market surveillance team is working earnestly with the importer to remove all the affected products in trade.
It is also calling on all persons in possession of the above products to return them to any of the depots of Transmed Ghana Limited nationwide or any FDA offices across the country.
Below are copies of the release:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith