The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has revealed that organic apple and blackcurrant drinks from Australia are unfit for human consumption.
Moji Adeyeye NAFDAC’s Director-General who warned Nigerians explained that the level of patulin content in the affected fruit juice can cause liver, spleen and kidney damage.
“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 (an) unacceptable level of patulin (a mycotoxin) which had exceeded the maximum limit in fruit juice,” she told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She added that the toxic level would affect the immune system and cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance and vomiting.
The DG also cautioned importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to desist from circulating the products.