Woolworths Apple Juice boxes are being recalled after it was identified that these products contain levels of a mycotoxin compound.
Following routine inspections, higher levels of the toxin compound Patulin were discovered, which are above regulatory limits.
Patulin is used in fruit juices all over and also produced by mould. It is usually safe for human consumption – but the amounts of Patulin present need to be controlled, otherwise nausea, gastro and other side effects become a possibility.
Food safety is critically important to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food extremely seriously.
Following routine quality tests, Woolworths is recalling Woolworths branded 100% Apple Juice 200ml cartons. pic.twitter.com/be1QV59x0M
— Woolworths SA (@WOOLWORTHS_SA) October 9, 2021
According to The Citizen, these apple juice products with best before dates spanning the 23, 28 and 29 March 2022 have gone back to the drawing board.
Woolies said that the customers who purchased these products should return them to their nearest Woolworths store for a full refund.
This follows Pioneer Foods announcing that they have recalled certain LiquiFruit products after an investigation confirmed that a limited quantity of apple juice concentrate supplied to them contained elevated levels of patulin, while Coca-Cola SA recalled numerous batches of Appletiser products just a few weeks ago.