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By Makeida Antonio
A Price and Consumer Affairs Division official asked residents to keep an eye out for a recently recalled soft drink.
The market regulator announced on Monday that Capri Sun’s Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drink Blend, made by Kraft Heinz in the United States, was being recalled.
Information released to the public revealed that a diluted cleaning solution – used on food processing equipment – was “inadvertently introduced into a production line at one of the company’s factories”.
According to the manufacturer, the only product affected was the Wild Cherry flavor with an expiration date of June 25, 2023. No other Capri Sun flavors, it added, were affected or part of the voluntary recall.
Consumers who may have purchased the product were also advised not to drink it, but instead to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Although the local distributor, Anjo Wholesale, has assured consumers that the brand it is importing is from Jamaica and not the United States, there are concerns that street vendors and small retailers are selling the item.
Acting Consumer Prices Division Director Orrin Steele said he had a discussion with a senior health inspector yesterday morning about the wholesale distributor’s response to the recall.
“I was telling him I had no problem with them coming out and saying they weren’t carrying the product. I think they went on to say it wasn’t here, which wasn’t entirely correct.
“There are people here who have brought items through various means because the market is now open to consumers, and even retailers could have acquired the items directly from the United States or from subsidiaries, whether in St Maarten , in Puerto Rico or elsewhere. means getting the article here,” Steele said in an interview yesterday.
Steel reminded residents of the recalled flavor despite the fact that the affected product was not found in the Antigua and Barbuda market, according to a joint investigation between the Price and Consumer Affairs Division and the Ministry of Health. Health.
He also thanked wholesalers, retailers and sellers who have cooperated with authorities over the years and told them not to hesitate to cooperate with future item recalls.
“Items are still being recalled for different purposes, but they generally pose a health risk, so we encourage them to continue to work with Price and Consumer Affairs and the Department of Health so that we can keep the market safe. “, added Steele.
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