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Supermarkets rush to remove contaminated Ceres Juice from shelves

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Supermarkets have withdrawn South African food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods’ Ceres apple juice brands after the juice maker confirmed certain batches of the product sold in Kenya were affected by contamination of mould toxins.

The Retail Traders Association said yesterday supermarkets had removed all the Ceres juice products from their shelves – out of an abundance of caution for the safety of customers-pending assessment of their safety by relevant standards authorities.

The recalled juice was detected to have elevated levels of patulin – a fruit-based mould which when consumed can cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, and vomiting, according to World Health.

Pioneer Foods had said on Wednesday in a statement that “a single batch of Ceres juice” was “affected in Kenya.”

“It is the IL 100 per cent Apple juice with best before date 21.06.2022. This is the only batch of Ceres juice affected by this recall.”

“We can confirm that all stock of the affected juice in Kenya, has been isolated by the distributor and will not be released to the market or retail stores. This stock will be destroyed in the country as per local regulation.” The Common Market for

Eastern and Southern Africa Competition Commission on Wednesday said Pioneer Foods had informed it that the affected juice brands were imported and marketed in several countries including Kenya.

“In view of the foregoing the Commission would like to inform the general public to exercise caution and avoid the purchase or consumption of the recalled products,” said the regional trading bloc’s competition watchdog in a statement.

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