Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the occurrence of patulin in apple-based drinks commercialized in cities of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Sixty-three nectars, 27 apple juices, 10 light nectars and 34 soybean-based drinks containing apple juice were analyzed. Patulin in concentrations ranging from 3 to 7 μg/L was detected in only four samples (3%). The results of this study showed that patulin does not seem to be a problem in apple-based drink commercialized in the State of São Paulo. Although incidence and levels of patulin found were low, constant surveillance is recommended, since the occurrence of the toxin in apple products is dependent on many factors.