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Candied fruit contained undeclared additives

12/08/2016
 

With regard to culminating demand for candied fruit during the pre-Christmas time,  the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) releases results of an inspection activity that took several months and was focused on this assortment. Consumers regard candied fruit as beneficial confectionary products which are frequently offered in particularly to children. CAFIA therefore evaluated safety and quality of candied fruit with special attention to verification of correctness of the labelling of additives as well as verification of possible presence of preservatives – inter alia, sulphurous oxide, sorbic acid, benzoic acid – and unauthorised synthetic dyes.

Based on risk assessment, the inspectors took 14 samples at producers, distributors and in retail network as well. Presence of unauthorised synthetic dyes and preservatives were not revealed in any of samples. However, the analysis confirmed presence of sorbic acid, brilliant blue and allura red in 3 samples despite these substances were not indicated on the labelling. Although using these substances is permitted for this kind of assortment, failure to indicate their presence on the labelling means violation of European Regulation on provision of information to consumers (No. 1169/2011). Non-compliant samples were taken in Lidl Česká republika V.O.S., CBA NUGET s.r.o. and at Ivan Starý, Ústí nad Labem.

Summary of all assessed samples including identification on non-compliant detections is available on Food Pillory website in section Thematic inspections.

 

Article by: Pavel Kopřiva, CAFIA Spokesperson, phone: +420 542 426 633