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Tiger Brands issued a statement calling for various KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021 to be returned. This, due to a minimal number of defective cans supplied by a packaging supplier.
In the statement, Tiger Brands explains, “The cans may have a defective side seam weld that could cause the can to leak. The company identified the issue as part of its internal quality assurance processes.”
According to the food and beverage company, canned products forming part of this recall include products from the KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable range, including baked beans produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021.
To date, no health issues have been reported relating to the affected product range. Tiger Brands adds, “Although there is a low probability of illness and injury, matters of quality and food safety are an absolute priority for Tiger Brands. The company in consultation with the National Consumer Council (NCC) therefore made the decision to initiate a precautionary withdrawal in the best interest of consumers.”
Suppose you have KOO or Hugo’s canned vegetable products at home produced between 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021, forming part of the recall. In that case, Tiger Brands states that you can return the canned products to your nearest supermarket or wholesale outlet for a refund.
The question is, how does a person know if the canned products they have at home are part of this withdrawal?
The company explains, “Canned vegetable products forming part of the recall can be identified by looking at the manufacturing date code stamped on the bottom or top of the can. The manufacturing date appears in the first line following the letters MAN.”
In the example below, the manufacturing date is 5 May 2021.
MAN 05/05/2021 08:58 4 K2 2H 9
BEST BEFORE 05/05/2024
Additionally, here is the complete list of products being recalled:
While many might be concerned about this, Tiger Brands states, “Canning is a safe way to preserve food and extend the shelf-life of fresh produce. It is good practice to always take a moment to inspect the quality of a can when you’re choosing products. Never purchase or use cans that are dented, cracked, leaking, or have bulging lids.”
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