The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has received a cautionary notice from the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) informing the general public to exercise caution and avoid the purchase or consumption of some affected Ceres 100% Apple Juice suspected to contain higher patulin levels than the legal threshold of 50 parts per billion (microgram/kg).
According to the World Health Organization, patulin is a form of mycotoxin which when consumed in high levels may cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting.
Pioneer Foods Company of South Africa who are the manufacturer of Ceres 100% Apple Juice has informed the CCC on the matter and is undertaking a recalling exercise of the affected batches that were marketed in Member States of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“the Common Market”).
The specific batches of the recalled Ceres 100% Apple Juice and the affected countries in the Common Market are shown below.
The recall by Pioneer Foods follows laboratory tests and engagements with the local supplier of the apple juice concentrate used in the reconstitution of the concentrate into apple juice.
In view of the foregoing, the CCPC is urging all Zambian consumers and traders to exercise caution by ensuring that they look out for the affected batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice for the good of their health and safety.
The CCPC hereby directs all importers, distributors, traders, wholesalers and retailers to remove and surrender to the nearest Public Health office of every Council all affected Ceres 100% Apple Juice with immediate effect.
Further, if the above products were already purchased, consumers are advised to return the products where they were purchased for a refund or replacement.