Added sugar found in ‘pure’ co­conut water

Daily Record - - NEWS - RUKI SAYID

CO­CONUT water sold as a healthy al­ter­na­tive to fizzy juice and la­belled “pure” was found to con­tain added sugar.

A probe by the Food Stan­dard Agency’s spe­cial­ist crime unit found 60 per cent of sam­ples tested had sugar as an un­de­clared ex­tra.

Co­conut water, which is the drink of choice for stars from Madonna to Ri­hanna, is worth £100mil­lion in the UK. In a sting, the FSA’s Na­tional Food Crime Unit seized 400 tons of co­conut water.

Of 12 sam­ples tested, seven were pos­i­tive for added sugar. Brands af­fected in­cluded Chi, Trop­i­cal Sun and Go Coco.

A Chi spokesman said: “We take the mat­ter ex­tremely se­ri­ously and have, since then, put in many checks to en­sure our stan­dards are met be­fore the prod­uct leaves Asia.”

PROBE Co­conut water

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