SOUTH AFRICA: Timeslive reports that the recent recall of Pilchards canned products from West Point Processors’ pilchards is just the iceberg of concern. The affected products include Cape Point, Saldanha, Shoprite Ritebrand, Checkers Housebrand, U-brand and OK Housebrand.
Lucky Star Pilchards Safe For Consumption
Deonne van Aarde, the regional manager for Lucky Star pilchards in conversation with Breakfast with Martin Bester on Jacaranda FM clarified the company’s position.
“There is no problem with our product. We have a great brand. Pilchards are high in Omega 3 and it’s high in protein,” Van Aarde said.
West Point Processors’ pilchards chilli sauce affected
Now the companies pilchards in chilli sauce has been affected, it is understood that this product is sold by retailers countrywide under 12 brands. The announcement was made by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) on Monday evening.
That’s because the product was “compromised’ on the production line when the sauce was added to the fish in the can, and “therefore could affect the safety of consumers”, the NRCS said.
The affected products include not only the Shoprite group’s house brands, but the Spar house brand pilchards as well, all bearing the production codes ZST29 or ZSC29 on top of the can.
“The problem manifests itself after months of storage, which causes the content of the can to react with the metal of the can,” the NRCS said. The regulator made no mention of bloating tins.
At the weekend, West Point Processors announced a recall of its pilchards in tomato sauce 400g tins, but was silent about its chilli variant. Customers who’ve purchased the cans were urged to return them for a refund.
Source inputs: TimesLIVE | Jacaranda FM