CPA Chairman: Ministry of Health and Industrial Control Authority tests affirmed that the samples taken from “Beyti” apple juice lacked any bacterial threat that could endanger people’s health. Within the framework of CPA exerted efforts to protect consumers’ interests- by virtue of Consumer Protection Law No. 67 of 2006- and CPA assigned role to apply the law as well as entrench rules and standards required to protect consumers and monitor markets, CPA issued decision number 3/100 on 29/09/2015 approving the reoperation of “Beyti” apple juice production line. This decision was taken after receiving the reports of Ministry of Health General Department of Food Control and Industrial Control Authority in this regard.
CPA had monitored the frequent news and consumers’ warnings over the social networks regarding the change in the taste of “Beyti” apple juice, while the company secretly withdrew the product from the market. At once CPA formed a joint committee, including members from the investigation department at CPA and the Industrial Control Authority (ICA), in order to examine the product in the factory’s headquarters located in the Beheira governorate.
The committee met the production line manager of the factory and found out that the company withdrew the product from the market on the 23/08/2015 due to consumer complaints, and as the company analyzed the product the change of taste was proved. The committee took samples of the batches produced on 07/05/2015 and 1/6/2015 to be analyzed at the Food Department of the ICA.
Being concerned about consumers’ health and safety and as those incidents are considered to be violations under Articles numbers 1, 7, 19/2, and 24 of the Consumer Protection Law No. 67 of 2006 and Articles 19 and 20 of its Executive Regulations, the issue was submitted to the CPA’s board of directors, which decided to suspend the apple juice product only and prevent its circulation in markets till the investigations are finalized. CPA then received the report of General Department of Food Control stating that the samples taken emphasize the lack of any bacterial threats.
CPA also received on 28/09/2015 ICA report confirming no restrictions on resuming the production line operation. It is believed that the poor handling and storage as well as high temperature led to the complaints against the product. Accordingly, CPA Board issued decision number 3/100 on 29/09/2015 approving the reoperation of “Beyti” apple juice production line, and informing the competent authorities to proceed with their related procedures to implement the said decision. The company is instructed to examine their circulation procedures in order to avoid any similar incidents in the future while the monitoring bodies were requested to follow up such a process as per their mandates