Tiger Brands recalls about 20 million KOO and Hugo’s cans over safety concerns

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Vaal Triangle and other South African customers have been urged to check the dates on cans they have in their kitchens, after Tiger Brands recalled about 20 million KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans. The company is asking the public to return 26 of its products produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May this year. Consumers are encouraged to look at the manufacturing date code stamped on the bottom or the top of the can. The problem was initially discovered in May at one of the company’s facilities. More than 287,000 cans were inspected after a side seam leak had developed in two cans. Only a small number of cans are actually affected, but the company said that it had issued the recall in the interest of quality and food safety. According to the food manufacturer, a leak in a can presents a risk of secondary microbial contamination after the products are dispatched into the marketplace. The defect affects popular products such as baked beans, spaghetti and sweetcorn. The final impact of the recall is estimated to be R650 million, while it could take up to four months.

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