In response to the discovery that the goods contained amounts of patulin than above the regulatory limits, Woolworths is recalling a number of their branded apple juices.
100% Apple Juice 200ml cartons (single boxes and six packs) sold by Woolworths with best before dates of March 23, 28, and 29 in the year 2022 are being recalled by the company.
Patulin is a mycotoxin that occurs naturally in the environment and is usually connected with apples. It is formed by mold. Patulin, according to the World Health Organization, can produce nausea, gastrointestinal problems, and vomiting in some people.
Customers who have purchased the product are asked to return it to their local Woolworths shop for a full refund. They will receive a complete refund.
“Food safety is critically important to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food extremely seriously,” said Woolworths in a statement.
“Woolworths and our suppliers proactively manage and prevent microbial contamination of food and have done so for many years. We have very strict protocols in place as part of our standard food safety management process. To verify the safety of our food products, we implement additional monitoring where we independently have our food products tested randomly.”
Recently, several LiquiFruit 100 percent apple juice products were recalled due to high levels of patulin detected in apple concentrate provided to Pioneer Foods. The recall was announced earlier this week.
Several hundred percent apple juice products manufactured by Pioneer Foods and sold under the LiquiFruit brand in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia, as well as the Ceres brand in other countries, were recalled on Friday.