IOL reports that testing revealed a higher than acceptable level of patulin, which may cause illness if consumed. Patulin is a mycotoxin, a naturally occurring toxin produced by certain moulds in foods. It is usually found in fruits such as apples and apple juices that are mouldy.
The recall affects six batches of Appletiser in particular:
Consumers who purchased the Appletiser product from these batches are urged to contact the call centre on 0860 112 526 and request for the collection and exchange of the product. The batch numbers can be found on the top or bottom of the pack.
"The health and wellbeing of our consumers is our primary concern and we have taken a decision to withdraw all affected stock from the market nationwide, with immediate effect. With our partners, Coca‑Cola Beverages South Africa and Coca‑Cola Peninsula Beverages, we are working with authorities to ensure all processes are followed as we continue our investigation to understand the cause of the problem," the company said.