A batch of bottled fruit juice drink contaminated with patulin

Issue Date 25.8.2017
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product

Bottled fruit juice drink

Product Name and Description

Product name: Cold Pressed Apple & Strawberry
Country of origin: Australia
Distributor: The Dairy Farm Company Limited
Volume : 1 Litre
Use by date: September 6, 2017

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • Following up on a case referred by a relevant organisation, the CFS collected the above-mentioned sample at a supermarket in North Point for testing. The test result showed that the sample contained patulin at a level of 93 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the action level of 50ppb adopted by the CFS. The level is the same as the standard of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on patulin in apple or apple juice.
  • Patulin mostly occurs in the apple and its products. Generally speaking, apple juice with a low level of patulin will not cause acute intoxification. However, studies have shown that gastrointestinal hyperaemia, distension, haemorrhage and ulceration could be resulted if animals are exposed to high levels of patulin over a short period of time.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has informed the distributor concerned of the irregularity, and the distributor has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected batch of the product and initiated a recall according to the CFS' instructions.
  • The CFS has alerted the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. Investigation is ongoing. Prosecution will be instituted should there be sufficient evidence.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling affected batch of the product immediately should they possess them.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume affected batch of the product.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call the company's hotline at 2299 1133 for enquiries during office hours about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department