By Staff Writer
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has received a cautionary notice from the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) warning the general public against consuming and selling of some selected Tiger Brands that are alleged to have been packaged in defective cans.
CCPC Senior Public Relations Officer Namukolo Kasumpa said the warning comes after Tiger Brands of South Africa was ordered by the CCC to recall all Tiger Brands KOO and Hugo Branded vegetable products that were manufactured between May 1, 2019 and May 5, 2021.
Ms Kasumpa said the recall is due to the cold weld seam defect which is causing small leakages from the cans and has the potential to cause secondary microbial contamination of the food product.
She said the affected products were exported from South Africa and extended to some countries in the common market such as Zambia, Malawi, Seychelles, Mauritius, Eswatini and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ms Kasumpa said in view of the foregoing, the CCPC is urging all Zambian consumers and traders to exercise caution by ensuring that they look out for the affected Tiger Brands and avoid consumption or sale for the good of their health and safety.
“The Commission hereby directs all importers, distributors, traders, wholesalers and retailers to remove and surrender to the nearest Public Health office of every Council all affected Tiger Brands with immediate effect,” she said.