FSA takes 400 tons of co­conut wa­ter off shelves due to ‘hid­den’ sug­ars

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

 Seven brands of co­conut wa­ter sold in the UK con­tain hid­den sugar not men­tioned on packs, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found.

The Na­tional Food Crime Unit has found added sugar in the drink, which is con­sid­ered a healthy al­ter­na­tive to fizzy drinks and sug­ary bev­er­ages.

It found added sugar in more than half of sam­ples tested ac­cord­ing to The Gro­cer magazine.

The worst of­fend­ers were brands in­clud­ing Chi, Foco, Go Coco, Trop­i­cal Sun, Sun­crest, Yaco and Pearl Royal. As a re­sult, the au­thor­ity removed 400 tons from the mar­ket.

The Food Stan­dards Agency said 12 sam­ples of co­conut wa­ter were an­a­lysed, 10 of which were deemed to be un­sat­is­fac­tory.

Seven sam­ples did not meet re­quired stan­dards due to the ad­di­tion of sugar de­rived from an ex­ter­nal source and/or wa­ter. Three failed tests due to the use of unau­tho­rised nutri­tion or health claims on the la­belling – these re­lated to the prod­uct falsely pur­port­ing to be choles­terol free, and hav­ing an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties.

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.”

A spokesman for Trop­i­cal Sun also said the com­pany was aware of “wider in­dus­try is­sues” and there­fore had a strict test­ing regime in place.

Ross Cur­rie, MD of Free­dom Brands, which owns Go Coco, said: “The FSA did some ran­dom test­ing on one of our pro­duc­tion batches from early 2016 which found that this batch did not meet their cri­te­ria and that there was a pos­si­bil­ity that ex­oge­nous sugar was present. This con­clu­sion could not be proven 100 per cent.”

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