NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE PRODUCT RECALL OF CERES 100% APPLE JUICE

11th October, 2021

CCC -CP -NOTICE 4 of 2021

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE PRODUCT RECALL OF CERES 100% APPLE JUICE

 

The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) hereby notifies the general public that Pioneer Foods is recalling certain batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice.

 

The recall by Pioneer Foods follows laboratory tests and engagements with the local supplier of the apple juice concentrate used in the reconstitution of the concentrate into apple juice. The supplied concentrate contains patulin levels higher than the legal threshold of 50 parts per billion (microgram/kg). According to the World Health Organization, patulin is a form of mycotoxin. Consumption of high levels of patulin may cause nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting.

 

The specific batches of the recalled Ceres 100% Apple Juice and the affected countries in the Common Market is shown below.

Product Name Single Unit Barcode Date Coding Markets affected Product Visual
Ceres Apple

4x6x200ml

6001240200018 PD 14.06.2021/ BB 14.06.2022;

 

PD 21.06.2021/ BB 21.06.2022;

 

PD 22.06.2021/BB 22.06.2022;

 

PD 28.06.2021/ BB 28.06.2022;

 

PD 29.06.2021/ BB 29.06.2022;

 

PD 30.06.2021/ BB 30.06.2022

 

DRC, Seychelles; Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Ceres Apple Sparkling 275 ml Glass 6001240222676 PD 14.06.2021/ BB 14.06.2022;

 

PD 15.06.2021/ BB 15.06.2022

DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Ceres Apple

12x1L

6001240100011 PD 17.06.2021/ BB 17.06.2022;

 

PD 18.06.2021/ BB18.06.2022;

 

PD 21.06.2021/ BB 21.06.2022;

 

PD 22.06.2021/ BB 22.06.2022;

 

PD 28.06.2021/ BB 28.06.2022;

 

PD 29.06.2021/ BB 29.06.2022

 

PD 30.06.2021/ BB 30.06.2022

DRC, Uganda; Mauritius; Zambia and Kenya

 

Pioneer Foods has informed the Commission that the recalled products were imported and marketed in above listed Member States of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“the Common Market”).  Thus, the safety issue will affect consumers and distribution networks of the affected products in the Common Market. In view of the foregoing and pursuant to Article 30(1)(b) of the COMESA Competition Regulations (“the Regulations”), the Commission would like to inform the general public to exercise caution and avoid the purchase or consumption of the recalled products. If the above products were already purchased, consumers are advised to return the products where they were purchased for a refund or replacement.

 

The Commission welcomes any representations on the matter from all interested stakeholders and the general public. Should you require more information or clarification on the matter you may contact the undersigned on mdisasa@comesa.int or our Manager Consumer Welfare and Advocacy Division, Mr. Steven Kamukama, on skamukama@comesa.int.

 

Meti Demissie Disasa
Registrar
COMESA Competition Commission
5th Floor-West Wing, Kang’ombe House
P.O. Box 30742, Lilongwe 3, Malawi
Office Phone: +265 (0) 1 772466
Email: mdisasa@comesa.int or compcom@comesa.int

 

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