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2020-02-24 - NRCS ORDERS FOR A NATIONAL RECALL OF PILCHARDS TIN FISH

MEDIA RELEASE

DATE: 24 February 2020

TO: ALL NEWS EDITORS AND JOURNALISTS

RE: NRCS ORDERS FOR A NATIONAL RECALL OF PILCHARDS TIN FISH

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications has ordered all formal Wholesalers, Retailer and informal Traders to remove and stop selling the 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce and 400g Pilchards in Chili Sauce with immediate effect. This follows the outcome of the investigation which the organisation conducted that revealed a deficiency in the canning process. Some of the cans were compromised during the sauce filling step on the production line therefore could affect the safety of consumers.

The problem manifests itself after months of storage which cause the content of the can to react with the metal of the can.

The affected products were manufactured in 2019 by West Point Processors based in Cape Town and have been distributed nationally to various retailers across the country.

Below are the details of the product brands affected and the NRCS wishes to implore all consumers to return the products to any shop where they were purchased for a refund:

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  • DEEP CATCH

  • MAMMAS
  • OK HOUSEBRAND
  • PRIME OCEAN
  • SPAR
  • SUNNY
  • SHOPRITE RITEBRAND
  • CAPE POINT
  • CHECKERS HOUSEBRAND
  • U BRAND
  • SALDANHA
  • WEST POINT
  • The products further bear the markings starting with - ZST29 and ZSC29 on top of the can for easy identification.

    Food safety is a priority for NRCS and therefore the organisation is engaging all role players to ensure that the affected products are removed from the market to protect consumers against unsafe products in line with its mandate. The manufacturer has already started the recall and the NRCS will continue to monitor the process with all the other wholesalers and retailers including the informal market to ensure that the process is handled efficiently.

    The NRCS regulates the Manufacture, Production and treatment of Canned fish and fishery products as part of the Compulsory Specifications (VC8014).

    All canned Fish and fishery products that are manufactured in the Republic of South Africa are inspected and released by NRCS for trade according to regulatory protocols.

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    For technical queries, please speak to Meisie Katz on 0 21 526 3401 / 084 427 0467

    For media related queries, please contact Mirriam Moswaane on 012 482 8826 / 083 364 2007

    ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL REGULATOR FOR COMPULSORY SPECIFICATIONS (NRCS).

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