The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Moji Adeyeye, as a matter of urgency, cautioned Nigerians to stop consuming an organic apple and black currant juice originating from Australia.
Brandnewsday learned that the NAFDAC DG made the advice known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), stressing that the products have been certified to be harmful for human consumption.
Professor 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”.
NAFDAC: Professor Adeyeye
According to the NAFDAC boss, the level of patulin content in the affected fruit juice can induce liver, spleen, and kidney damage when consumed. She added that the toxic level would affect the immune system and causes nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance, and vomiting.
Adeyeye urged importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to immediately stop the importation, distribution, sale, and consumption of the affected fruit juice.
Speaking further, the she appealed members of the public in possession of the affected fruit juice to submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.
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).