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CDPH ISSUES WARNING NOT TO CONSUME CITROVITA, BYBLOS, AND GOLCHIN BRAND LEMON AND LIME JUICES

Posted Jul 30 2010 11:58am

Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned people not to consume Citrovita, Byblos, and Golchin brands of lemon and lime juices.

Horton noted these products contain FD&C Yellow Number 5 food coloring. Individuals who consume these products and have a severe sensitivity to this food coloring risk serious or life-threatening reaction.

Anaheim-based Ataco International, Inc., produced these products in an unlicensed facility without a valid Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan, as required by food safety regulations. CDPH detected this additive in some of the firm’s juices, after the department’s investigators found the food coloring ingredient at the processor. The firm denied using the food coloring as an ingredient in its products. CDPH is issuing this alert to warn consumers who may still possess these affected lemon and lime juices.

Consumers should discard the lemon and lime juices or return them to the place of purchase.

CDPH recommends consumers experiencing any sensitivity after consuming these products should consult their health care provider. Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report their findings to the CDPH toll free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.

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