The National Consumer Commission (NCC) is closely monitoring the recall of certain batches of the peanuts and raisins and cashew nut products sold by Pioneer Foods under its Safari brand in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia following the discovery of traces of salmonella in certain batches.
“The supplier has isolated 92% of the affected products thus far and has informed the National Consumer Commission of their intention to recall the affected product. The process of informing the supplier’s trade customers is ongoing,” NCC spokesperson, Phetho Ntaba said.
“Consumers are advised not to consume the products in question but return to any point of purchase for a full refund.”
Salmonella is a group of bacteria that causes a spectrum of diseases. Salmonella typhimurium causes gastroenteritis, leading to diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps.
Pioneer Foods announced the recall yesterday after the issue was picked up at its Kwazulu-Natal production site.
“Routine testing at the Safari production site in KwaZulu-Natal identified a batch of products which tested positive for low levels of salmonella typhimurium (‘salmonella’). Based on safety protocols, production was immediately halted, the product was placed on hold and ring-fenced. The production site was then deep-cleaned, and vector sampling completed,” Pioneer Foods said in a statement.
The company said despite the product having been isolated and ringfenced for destruction, on November 17, a limited number of cases of Safari 60g peanuts and raisins (Best before: 27/10/2022) and Safari 100g raw cashews (Best before: 27/6/2022) were released to the trade, and “while we have not received any health-related complaints from consumers to date, we have decided to proceed to proactively recall these specific products”.
Pioneer Foods said they had engaged with the SA National Consumer Commission as well as the Department of Health. Consumers who have the products listed with the specific batch or date coding, are urged to return these products to the retailer from which they were purchased to receive a full refund.
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