The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to stop the consumption of an organic apple and blackcurrant that comes from Australia.

NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, said these products had been certified harmful for human consumption.

“The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has warned against the consumption of Pure Tassie Organic Apple and Blackcurrant Juice originating from Australia.

“This was due to unacceptable level of patulin (mycotoxin) which had exceeded the maximum limit in fruit juice,” she said.

Adeyeye revealed that the level of patulin content in the affected fruit juice can induce liver, spleen and kidney damage.

She also said that the toxic level would affect immune system and causes nausea, gastrointestinal disturbance and vomiting.

The NAFDAC DG said that the name of the is Pure Tassie, an organic apple and blackcurrant juice from Australia.

Adeyeye urged importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to stop the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of the affected fruit juice with immediate effect.

She implored members of the public in possession of the affected fruit juice to submit it to the nearest NAFDAC office.

She further called on healthcare professionals and consumers to report or side effects related to the use of this product to the nearest NAFDAC office through NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLL FREE from all networks).

Adeyeye also said the agency could be reached through pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng. (NAN)