Banned soy drink can reenter market, says FSANZ

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A reformulated version of Bonsoy soy ‘milk’ has been approved for sale by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), after initially being withdrawn due to raised iodine levels derived from a kombu seaweed ingredient.

The new version has been formulated sans-seaweed.

The drink was pulled from Australian shelves on Christmas Eve last year after FSANZ linked the product to thyroid problems. Subsequent analysis linked the product to at least 38 cases.

FSANZ found the product exceeded safe levels for iodine when only 30ml was consumed and it was also recalled in the UK, Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The trans-Tasman agency said it was conducting a review of other seaweed-containing products.

In response to the recall and reformulation, the UK Food Standards Agency said: “As long as the product meets the requirements of food safety law, we have no reason to restrict its sale. According to food law, it is the responsibility of the food business operator to ensure that their products are safe for consumption.”

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