Recall protocols have been instated for 400g pilchards in tomato sauce at selected Shoprite, Checkers and OK stores. Customers who have purchased the product are encouraged to return it for a full refund.
The supplier of the product is a company called West Coast Processors, and they have admitted that a canning deficiency has led to the some of the products being “unfit for consumption”. Brands such as Cape Point, Saldanha, Shoprite Ritebrand, Checkers Housebrand, U-brand and OK Housebrand have been affected.
The public is reassured that the bulk of the unfit stock has been isolated in the factory.
“Because consumer safety is our top priority, we wish to recall some Pilchards in Tomato Sauce products,” the company said in a statement. “The recall is only related to the 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce products which have the specific batch codes starting with ZST2 and ZSC2. There is a small possibility that some tins may have a canning deficiency which could make the product unfit for consumption. We are working to identify the issue and ensure that our product meets the high standard our consumers rightly expect from us.”