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Stop consuming Australian apple blackcurrant juice, NAFDAC warns

NEWSMAN, Abuja – National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to stop the consumption of an organic apple and black currant originating from Australia.

NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, revealed that the products had been certified harmful for human consumption.

“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,” she said.

Adeyeye said that the patulin content in the affected fruit juice can induce liver, spleen and kidney damage, and that the toxic level would affect immune system and cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance and vomiting, News Agency of Nigeria reported.

The DG urged members of the public in possession of the affected fruit juice to submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office, and also called on importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to immediately stop the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of the affected fruit juice.

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  added that the agency 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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