PETALING JAYA: Beverage manufacturing company Suntory has issued a withdrawal for certain batches of its Ribena drink concentrate, but its line of ready-to-drink products are not affected.
In a statement the manufacturer said it suspected that the drink concentrate had been exposed to air during the bottling process, leading to earlier quality deterioration than the stated expiry date.
Although not every bottle is affected, the manufacturer advised consumers not to drink the Ribena product if its appearance was unusual, tasted or smelled "sourish".
Suntory will be recalling the following Ribena variants with the specific expiry dates from its warehouse, distributors and retailers – Blackcurrant Regular (May to August 2018), Blackcurrant and Glucose (May to August 2018), Blackcurrant and Strawberry (February to March 2018), Blackcurrant and Blueberry (February to March 2018) and Blackcurrant and Apple (April to May 2018).
Production of Ribena concentrate products at Suntory's contract manufacturing facility in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, have stopped until investigations into the cause of the product deterioration are complete.
However, the company stated its Ribena's "ready-to-drink" products are not affected by the production issue and will be available to consumers.
Consumers unsure of the quality of their product can contact Ribena's customer hotline at 1800 88 6200 or email email@example.com for more details.
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