Toxin-laced Australian fruit juice drink recalled from supermarket chain

Local | 3 Jun 2020 11:46 am

A 350-milliliter bottled fruit juice drink imported from Australia by Parknshop (HK) is contaminated with a mycotoxin, patulin, at a level exceeding the action level adopted by the Centre for Food Safety and it has been removed from store shelves.

The brand is Presha Fruit and the country of origin is Australia. The best-before date is September 17, 2020

Purchasers are being asked call the Parknshop hotline at 2606 8658 during office hours for inquiries about the recall.

Patulin is a toxin produced by a number of different moulds such as Penicillium and Aspergillus. It can be found in damaged or mouldy fruits, particularly apples. If contaminated apples are used to make juices, high levels of patulin are likely to be carried through to the final product, the  Centre for Food Safety, says.  High doses of patulin can induce liver, spleen and kidney damage, as well as toxicity to the immune system. For humans, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting have been reported.

The CFS said it detected patulin at a level of 120 parts per billion in an additional sample of a different kind of bottled fruit juice drink of the same brand taken from the market during follow-up investigations. The test result exceeded the action level of 50 ppb adopted by the CFS which is the same as the standard of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on patulin in apple juice, the CFS said.


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