Tiger Brands, South Africa’s biggest food manufacturer, announced on Monday that it is immediately recalling about 20 million KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans.
Tiger Brands is recalling certain KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021 due to an extremely small number of 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 said it identified the issue as part of its internal quality assurance processes.
Canned products forming part of this recall include products from the KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable range, including baked beans.
The company said no health issues have been reported to date relating to the affected product range.
“Although there is a low probability of illness and injury, matters of quality and food safety are an absolute priority,” said Tiger Brands.
“The company in consultation with the National Consumer Council therefore made the decision to initiate a precautionary withdrawal in the best interest of consumers.”
Shoppers can get a full refund for the products once they return them.