Poisonous tinned fish hits markets … Consumers in panic

There is widespread fear among Zimbabweans following revelations about tinned fish which was branded as unsafe for human consumption by the authorities.

The brand which is processed by a South African firm had to be recalled and taken off shelves.

With the exorbitant price of meat, most Zimbabweans had turned to tinned meats as an austerity measure.
Suffice to say, most Zimbabweans these days receive and buy groceries from South Africa.

Retail shops also resale products from South Africa.

South Africa’s West Point Processors, which supplies the fish, announced the recall on Saturday, citing a “canning deficiency” that may make the product “unfit for human consumption”.

“Because consumer safety is our top priority, we wish to recall some Pilchards in Tomato Sauce products,” the company said in a statement quoted in the South African press.

“The recall is only related to the 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce products which have the specific batch codes starting with ZST2 and ZSC2. There is a small possibility that some tins may have a canning deficiency which could make the product unfit for consumption. We are working to identify the issue and ensure that our product meets the high standard our consumers rightly expect from us.”

In an interview yesterday, Industry and Commerce Ministry Deputy Minister Raj Modi urged people to be on the lookout for the condemned batch of fish.

“I advise our wholesalers and retailers in this country to check on the brands they have. If it is any of the brands mentioned in the report and of the affected batch, may they kindly remove them from the shelves. I also call upon border authorities at our ports of entry to ensure that this condemned batch does not find its way into the country. Consumers must report to authorities anyone found selling this product after this warning,” said the Deputy minister.

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