NAFDAC cautions consumers against harmful apple, blackcurrant juice

*Level of patulin content in affected fruit juice could induce liver, spleen, kidney damage ─ Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Having certified the products unsafe for human consumption, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned consumers to stop consumption of an organic apple and black currant originating from Australia.

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of NAFDAC, who disclosed this said the products had been certified harmful for human consumption, says agency report.

Adeyeye said: “The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has warned against the consumption of Pure Tassie Organic Apple and Blackcurrant Juice originating from Australia.

“This was due to unacceptable level of patulin (a mycotoxin) which had exceeded the maximum limit in fruit juice.”

The Director-General of NAFDAC pointed out that the level of patulin content in the affected fruit juice could induce liver, spleen and kidney damage.

The toxic level would affect immune system and causes nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance and vomiting, said she.

She implored importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to immediately stop the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of the affected fruit juice.

Adeyeye also urged members of the public in possession of the affected fruit juice to submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office in Nigeria.

NAFDAC 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).

The agency, according to the Director-General, should be reached through pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng.

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