Nigerians have been warned to stay away and stop in total the consumption of a type of apple and black currant from Australia. This warning was clearly stated by The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Elaborating more on why Nigerians should stay away from these fruits, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, said the products had been certified harmful for human consumption.
“The agency in charge of food safety in Hong Kong which is the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has strongly warned against the consumption of Pure Tassie Organic Apple and Blackcurrant Juice which originally comes from Australia. This was due to the unacceptable level of patulin (mycotoxin) which had exceeded the maximum limit in fruit juice,” she said.
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According to Adeyeye that the level of patulin content in the affected fruit juice can induce liver, spleen, and kidney damage. She added that the toxic level would affect the immune system and causes nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance, and vomiting. ‘The name of the juice is Pure Tassie, an organic apple and blackcurrant juice from Australia’ she said.
Mrs. Adeyeye however advised both importers, distributors, retailers, and also consumers to stop with immediate effect the importation, distribution, sale, and consumption of the affected fruit juice. She advised Nigerians who still have this type of apple and black currant to immediately submit it to the NAFDAC offices nationwide. For healthcare professionals and consumers, she urged them to report any strong side effects related to the use of this product to the nearest NAFDAC office through NAFDAC PRASCOR ( 20543 TOLL-FREE from all networks).