Mislabeling – Tonic Water – Recall in Australia (undeclared quinine)

An interesting recall in Australia, since also in EU is mandatory declare on the label the presence of quinine as flavou​ring in such beverages. For more information about this recall click here.

Quinine is a natural white crystalline alkaloid having antipyretic, antimalarial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties and a bitter taste. Quinine occurs naturally in the bark of the cinchona tree, though it has also been synthesized in the laboratory. The medicinal properties of the cinchona tree were originally discovered by the Quechua, who are indigenous to Peru and Bolivia; later, the Jesuits were the first to bring cinchona to Europe. Today is used as flavour component of tonic water and bitter lemon. Allergic reactions to quinine can be severe and can affect multiple organs.

Schweppes Australia P/L has recalled Schweppes Indian Tonic Water from Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other independent retail stores in ACT, NSW and QLD due to non compliant labelling (some individual bottles of tonic water are incorrectly labelled as ‘Soda water’ and therefore the quinine declaration is missing). Consumers who are sensitive to quinine may have a reaction if they consume this product. Consumers sensitive to quinine should not consume this product and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Notified: 30/12/2014

Package description and size: 4 glass bottles contained within a printed cardboard sleeve -300ml x 4 pack

BEST BEFORE 21 OCT 15 and 22 OCT 15 – Factory code 3212

Country of origin: Australia

Contact

Schweppes Australia P/L – 1800 761 470, www.schweppesaustralia.com.au

(Source: FSANZ website)

Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world (Week 41)

Here’s my article’s selection for the week:

CHINA

– They’re Making a List, They’re Checking it … 200 times ? : AQSIQ’s Imported Food Blacklist, by Paul O’Brien: China will strenghten official controls on imported foods by implementing a blacklist of food business operators with an history of violations.

EU

– Bluetongue disease halts Romania’s live cattle, sheep exports to EU, by Jaroslaw Adamowski, on globalmeatnews.com: the Romanian government has decided to halt exports of live cattle and sheep to the EU following the outbreak of bluetongue disease in a number of the country’s counties.

– EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation, by RJ Whitehead, on foodanddrinkeurope.com: to a backdrop of the Asean regulatory harmonisation process, a number of European Union officials have descended on Kuala Lumpur to attend a forum designed to apply the older bloc’s knowledge on the subject.

– EFSA backs non-digestible carbs for sugar reduction, by Lynda Searby, on backeryandsnacks.com: EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has delivered positive opinions for two non-digestible carbohydrate ingredients based on their ability to improve blood glucose response.

INDIA

– Top retailers pasting labels with new dates & selling expired products, by Abhitash Singh on FnBnews.com: some issues in India regarding not authorized extended expiry dates.

TAIWAN

– Ma announces new food safety office, by Catherine Wei on The China Post: A food safety office will be established in the near future as part of President Ma Ying-jeou’s most recent bid to combat the tainted food scares that have shaken the nation over the past few months.

USA

– FDA Asked to Ban Certain Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes, Other Packaging, on foodsafetynews.com: the petitions target perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, and a family of chemicals known as long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs) that keep grease out of paper and paperboard, such as pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers.