Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Anvisa prohibits sale of tomato extract batch with '' strange matter ''

The national health surveillance agency (Anvisa) banned the sale of a batch of tomato paste Elephant brand after a report finds "foreign matter", according to a decision published on Monday (30) in the Official Gazette.
According to Anvisa, the substance indicates "human health risk above the upper limit of tolerance".
The decision affects the L011810 lot, with validity until 7 October 2016, and determines the collection of existing stock on the market.
In a statement, Cargill Agrícola s.a., manufacturer of the product, said it "will take appropriate steps" and that it complies with all the standards of food safety and hygiene standards.
"The presence of microscopic fragments in this type of food is the raw material from the field, however care are adopted in the manufacturing process, including product pasteurization, which eliminates any risk to human health," the company said.
By rodent in 2014
In 2014, the brand had already been the target of ban on Anvisa. The Agency found in a batch of tomato extract brand Knorr rodent hair fragments Elephant above the established tolerance, that is a fragment by 100 grams.
At the time, Cargill Agrícola s.a. issued note stating that it would take "all appropriate measures to evaluate the case along to the national health surveillance agency (Anvisa) and the Health Department of the State of Minas Gerais, in order to check the suitability of the product provisionally banned". The company informed even have submitted appeal against the result of the report.
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