Tiger Brands recalls millions of Koo and Hugo's canned vegetable products due to defects
Tiger Brands announced on social media and on its website that it is recalling certain Koo and Hugo's canned vegetable products produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021.
The company noted that the reason behind the recall is due to defective cans supplied by a packaging supplier.
The cans may have a defective side seam weld that could cause the can to leak. Tiger Brands identified the issue as part of its internal quality assurance processes.
The recall affects an estimate of about 20 million cans and it affects popular products such as baked beans, spaghetti and sweetcorn.
"No health issues have been reported to date relating to the affected product range. Despite the low probability of illness and injury, matters of quality and food safety are an absolute priority for Tiger Brands. Therefore, the company in consultation with the National Consumer Council (NCC) and made the decision to initiate a precautionary withdrawal in the best interest of consumers," Tiger Brands said in a statement.
"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," the company said.
Consumers urged to return products
Tiger Brands encourages consumers to check their food shelves at home and to return any canned products forming part of this recall to their nearest supermarket or wholesale outlet for a refund.
Koo canned products forming part of the recall produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021 can be identified by looking at the manufacturing date code stamped on the bottom or the 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.
Written by: Staff Writer.