The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has confirmed it is going to be investigating the conduct of Western Cape-based company Elgin Fruit Juice (PTY) LTD, within the wake of a number of recollects of 100% apple juice merchandise.
Just final week, Pioneer Foods introduced a recall of a number of of LiquiFruit’s apple-flavoured juice merchandise. The meals large mentioned an investigation confirmed the presence of elevated ranges of a pure poisonous substance referred to as patulin within the merchandise. Palutin is a mould toxin present in rotting apples. The recall relies on the presence of patulin exceeding 50 components per billion (microgram/kg), which is the regulatory threshold.
Apple juice recall
Acting National Consumer Commissioner, Thezi Mabuza says there are affordable grounds to consider that Elgin Fruit Juice, the provider of 100% Apple Juice Concentrate, provided goods which might be unsafe or pose a possible danger to the general public.
“The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) emphasises that every consumer has a right to receive goods that are safe and of good quality. If the investigation reveals that Elgin Fruit Juice (PTY) LTD contravened the provisions of the CPA, the Commission will refer the matter to the National Consumer Tribunal where we will be praying for an administrative fine of 10% of their total annual turnover or R1 000 000, whichever is the greater”
Acting National Consumer Commissioner, Thezi Mabuza
Mabuza mentioned the investigation will assist the NCC perceive the character, causes, extent and diploma of the chance to the general public.