Saturday 25 March 2017

FSAI recall soya drink amid health concerns

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today advised that a product recall is being undertaken on a soya drink called ‘Bonsoy’, which has been found to contain high levels of iodine, which can affect the function of the thyroid gland and may cause some people to feel unwell.

Consumers are being warned not to consume the affected Bonsoy product, which is packaged in 1 litre tetra pack containers and has a best before date of up to and including 3rd November 2011.

Following a withdrawal of the product by the food safety authorities in Australia and New Zealand, the FSAI is currently in the process of contacting Irish distributors and suppliers of Bonsoy to ensure that all affected product is withdrawn from sale. The FSAI is continuing to monitor this withdrawal.

Bonsoy soya drink contains ‘Kombu’ which is a seaweed product that naturally contains iodine. Iodine is an essential element required to produce thyroid hormones. However, if consumption levels exceed tolerable daily intakes, the thyroid function may be affected.

Consumers who have the affected product are advised not to drink it and to dispose of it or return it to the store where it was purchased.

Consumers who have already consumed this product and are feeling unwell should seek medical advice.

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