Muscat: The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR) said in the statement that laboratory tests for a sample of Vimto beverage proved that it is safe for consumption.
The ministry was responding to reports that two types of Vimto beverages are available in the market (original and counterfeit ones.)
The ministry took some samples for laboratory tests, which proved that the drink meets quality standards approved in the Sultanate,” a statement said.
There were reports that some fake or counterfeit bottles contain additional colours that can adversely affect children, including their concentration levels.
“Vimto contains food additives that are not allowed to be used in food products unless evaluated by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, whose main task is to ensure that the quantities consumed of the substance do not exceed the acceptable levels and that it can be consumed daily without any risk to health,” the ministry said and denied any fake bottles were in circulation.
The ministry emphasized that the food companies are obligated to put a warning on the label when adding any of the following colours – E-numbers tartrazine (E102), quinoline yellow (E104), sunset yellow (E110), carmoisine (E122), ponceau 4R (E124) and Allura red (E129).
The warning should read, “It may have a negative impact on the activity and focus of children.” Such warning labels will help the consumer to make a decision on whether the product has to be bought or not.