20 Jul 2009

Products recalled over fruit juice content

8:22 pm on 20 July 2009

A juice importer has agreed to recall fruit juice products which in some cases had little or no trace of fruit at all.

The Commerce Commission says it carried out independent testing of juices under the "Yan" brand, imported by Armenian Imports Limited, trading as Super Juice.

The company distributed the products described as 100% blackcurrant juice, 100%peach juice and 100% pomegranate juice to about 30 stores throughout New Zealand.

The commission says independent testing showed little or no trace of fruit in the blackcurrant and peach juices, and what was likely to be less than 100% in the pomegranate.

The tests also questioned whether the stated Vitamin C levels were correct because they did not align with levels normally found in blackcurrants, peaches or pomegranates.

The commission says the juices are a potential breach of the Fair Trading Act and the importer could eventually face criminal or civil charges.

The commission is continuing to investigate. However, it says it is important that people with potential health problems steer clear of the juices.

The products were still listed on the company's website on Monday night, while the phone numbers for Super Juice have been disconnected.