Ceres apple juice brands that were sold in seven Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) countries have been recalled by the South African food and beverage Manufacturer Pioneer Foods . This move has been taken as a result of contamination of mold toxins.
The recalled brands, it should be noted, were detected to have elevated levels of patulin, a fruit-based mold, which according to the World Health Organization, is likely to cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, as well as vomiting, upon consumption.
On Wednesday, the Comesa Competition Commission said Pioneer Foods had informed it that the affected juice brands were imported and also marketed in several countries including Kenya.
“The recall by Pioneer follows laboratory tests and engagements with the local supplier of the apple juice concentrate used in the reconstitution of the concentrate into apple juice,” it said in a statement.
The juice is being sold in countries including Kenya, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, and Mauritius.
According to laboratory tests, it was revealed that Ceres juice packaged between 14 and 30 June 2021 contained levels higher than the legally allowed 50 microgrammes per liter.