A POPULAR apple juice has been recalled from four African countries following findings that it was toxic to human health.
The fruit juice manufactured in South Africa by Pioneer Foods was recalled in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Seychelles and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) announced that the drink was taken off the shelves as it had unhealthy levels of the palutin component.
The recalled brands were detected to have elevated levels of patulin – a fruit-based mould which when consumed, can cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, and vomiting, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
The South African firm said separately its investigation had confirmed that “a limited quantity of apple juice concentrate supplied to them contained elevated levels of patulin, a mould toxin mainly found in rotting apples.”
“The recall is based on the presence of patulin in a concentration of more than 50 parts per billion (ppb), which is the regulatory threshold,” the company said.
The World Health Organisation states patulin, which is classified as a mycotoxin, is a naturally occurring toxin created by certain moulds that can be found in apples and apple products.
The risk of consuming patulin exceeding 50μg/l may lead to vomiting, nausea and gastrointestinal symptoms