- Cans of pilchards in tomato sauce - including those sold under the Checkers, OK and Shoprite house brands - have been recalled.
- The producer says that a "canning deficiency" may have left the pilchards unfit for consumption.
- Shoprite urged its customers to return the affected 400g cans of pilchards to its stores.
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The producer of a number of canned pilchards brands – including those sold under the Shoprite, Checkers and OK house brands – has recalled its 400g pilchards in tomato sauce cans.
“There is a small possibility that some tins may have a canning deficiency which could make the product unfit for consumption,” West Point Processors said in a statement on Saturday.
“While the bulk of the stock that may contain deficient cans have already been isolated in our factory, in retail distribution centres across the country and removed from sale in stores, it is possible that consumers may recently have purchased an affected tin.” The West Point factory is located in St Helena Bay.
The affected brands are Cape Point and Saldanha as well as Shoprite Ritebrand, Checkers Housebrand, U-brand and OK Housebrand.
The 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce cans which have the specific batch codes starting with ZST2 and ZSC2 (as indicated in the picture below) must be returned immediately to the stores.
Shoprite urged consumers to check their food cupboards and return the recalled product to its stores for a refund.
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