Coca-Cola South Africa has recently announced that they have recalled six specific batches of Appletiser from stores nationwide due to contamination concerns.
According to IOL, the sparkling apple juice was found to have a higher than normal level of patulin, which can lead to illness when consumed.
Patulin is a mycotoxin found in fruits but is most commonly found in rotting apples and apple juice. A certain amount of patulin can be consumed by humans without adverse effects, but higher levels can cause illness in humans and livestock.
In a statement released by Coca-Cola SA, six batches of the popular drink were affected. The company is currently working with authorities to “investigate and understand the cause of the problem.”
“If anyone has purchased the Appletiser product from batches: BB 07NOV21, BB 30MAY22, BB 10JUN22, BB 18MAY22, BB 19MAY22, and BB 23MAY22, please contact the call centre on 0860 112 526 and request for the collection and exchange of the product. The batch numbers can be found on the top or bottom of the pack.”
Consumers are advised to contact their healthcare professional if they feel they have any medical concerns.
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