Markings on the offending batch of Liqui-Fruit cans. Photo: Pioneer Foods
  • Cans of LiquiFruit Red Grape juice were recalled last week amid fears that the drinks contained pieces of glass.
  • But the the “glass” was actually potassium bitartrate crystals, a naturally occurring substance in products made from grapes.
  • Still, the company says you shouldn't drink the juice, nor throw it away.
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Last week, Pioneer Foods recalled a batch of its LiquiFruit Red Grape 330ml cans, after reports that the drinks contained pieces of glass.

But the company announced on Thursday that the “glass” was actually potassium bitartrate crystals, a naturally occurring substance in products made from grapes. When used as a baking aid, it is known as cream of tartar. 

“Crystallization occurs under certain conditions such as e.g. low temperature and in this case occurred post-processing and canning,” Pioneer Foods said in a statement.

 “Pioneer Foods apologises for any anxiety and concern caused whilst we awaited the outcome of the detailed analysis of the crystals.”

It still advised South Africans not to drink or dispose of the cans, but to return cans for a full refund.

These are the details that will identify the affected batch of cans:

• Pioneer Foods Product Code:      27327

• Outer case Barcode:      6001240225615

• Shrink pack Barcode:      6001240225608

• Single Unit Barcode:      6001240225592 (printed on side of can)

• Date coding: BB 01.04.2021 C TIME and BB 02.04.2021 C TIME

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