Article by: Dumisane Dube
Food manufacturer Tiger Brands has announced the recall of 20 million canned KOO and Hugo vegetable brands due to a leak.
According to Tiger Brands, the recall is because of a side seam weld defect that may cause a leak.
The canned vegetables that are affected by the recall were produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021.
The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has also urged consumers to return the defective canned food.
In a statement on Monday, NCC Commissioner Thezi Mabuza said the commission has been made aware of a recall of certain products by Tiger Brand.
“We urge consumers who have these products in their possession to verify the barcodes as well as manufacturing dates. If they form part of the recall, they should immediately return these products to any retail store for a full refund with or without any receipt,” Mabuza said.
“While the commission is pleased with Tiger Brands’ investigation into this problem and the precautionary recall, consumer safety comes first, therefore, the commission will only rest when all these products are removed from the market and consumers get their refunds,” he added.
Mabuza said inspectors are monitoring the recall based on the Recall Guidelines.
According to food manufacturer the financial impact of the recall is estimated at between R500 million and R650 million.
The company says most of the defective cans were identified prior to the final labelling of the finished products.
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