Australia Apple and blackcurrant, The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to avoid the consumption of an Australian-born organic apple and black currant.
Prof. Moji Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, who announced this to newsmen, said the items were graded harmful to human consumption.
“The Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Center for Food Safety (CFS) has warned against the consumption of australian Pure Tassie Organic Apple and Blackcurrant Juice.
“This was due to unacceptable level of patulin (a mycotoxin) which had exceeded the maximum limit in fruit juice,” she said.
Adeyeye pointed out that the level of patulin content in the affected fruit juice can induce liver, spleen and kidney damage.
She added that the toxic level would affect immune system and causes nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance and vomiting.
She said that the name of the is Pure Tassie, an organic apple and blackcurrant juice from Australia.
The D-G implored importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to immediately stop the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of the affected fruit juice.
She urged public members in possession of the affected fruit juice to send stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.
She also called on healthcare professionals and consumers to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this product to the nearest NAFDAC office through NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLL FREE from all networks).
Adeyeye said the agency should be reached through [email protected] or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng.
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