Posted September 01, 2018 12:04:59AAPC officials are calling for a nationwide ban on canned fruit drinks in Australia, saying that the product is toxic and has no nutritional value.
The Product Safety Authority (PSA) announced the ban on Tuesday, saying it had received more than 600 submissions to the agency from people who had been affected by the drink.
“This is the most significant ban on a commercial product in Australia for the foreseeable future,” the PSA said in a statement.
While the products were initially introduced in Australia in the 1970s, they are now considered a national product and not permitted in other countries.
In 2016, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched a legal action against the company for using misleading advertising to sell canned fruit beverages.
ACCC chairman Rod Sims told ABC Radio the ban would make consumers realise “the dangers of canned fruit”.
“If we ban the product, consumers will realise that they can’t get any products that are the same quality as these,” Mr Sims said.
Mr Sims said it was important to highlight that the PTA was working to educate consumers about the health risks associated with the drinks.
“The PSA will be making a statement to consumers, they can buy canned fruit products in Australia if they want to, they don’t have to buy them from the supermarkets or the takeaway,” he said.
“But it is important that consumers understand the product they are buying is unsafe, it is not safe.”‘
We know that the juice is toxic’The PTA said it had also received comments from customers in other parts of the world who had consumed the juice and had been harmed by the process.
It said it would continue to monitor consumer responses.
“We are confident that we will be able to respond to consumer feedback and respond to the recommendations made by the Australian Consumer Law Tribunal, and that we have been in contact with some of the affected consumers to offer support,” the statement said.
Mr Sims urged consumers not to “rush into buying” the products and not to make an “extreme purchase” if they had concerns.
Australia has a long history of banning products with a high concentration of mercury and other toxic ingredients.
Many countries have passed bans on products with such ingredients.