• In a notice on Wednesday, the Comesa Competition Commission said Pioneer Foods is recalling certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice.
• Consumption of high levels of patulin may cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting.
Ceres Apple juice produced between June 14-30, 2021 have been recalled from six Comesa markets, including Kenya, for high mycotoxin levels.
In a notice on Wednesday, the Comesa Competition Commission said Pioneer Foods is recalling certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice.
"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," it said.
"The supplied concentrate contains patulin levels higher than the legal threshold of 50 parts per billion (microgram/kg).
The specific batches of the recalled Ceres 100% Apple Juice and the affected countries in the Common Market are Ceres Apple (4x6x200ml), Ceres Apple Sparkling 275 ml Glass and Ceres Apple (12x1L).
According to the World Health Organization, patulin is a form of mycotoxin.
Consumption of high levels of patulin may cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting.
".. the safety issue will affect consumers and distribution networks of the affected products in the Common Market," it said.
"If the above products were already purchased, consumers are advised to return the products where they were purchased for a refund or replacement."
The Commission welcomed any representations on the matter from all interested stakeholders and the general public.
Edited by D Tarus