Food group recalls chakalaka

The mild and hot versions of Rhodes Chakalaka have been recalled,

the Rhodes Food Group said today.

“During a routine pre-labelling quality inspection, Rhodes Food

Group technical personnel detected a pH [a measure of acidity or alkalinity]

variation, which was beyond specification in the product Rhodes Chakalaka,” the

company said.

“This was in all probability caused by a variation in the natural

pH of carrots used in the product and/or an over application of carrots in the

product made at that time.”

The company said pH control was a critical parameter for the

product, and deviation from specification could cause microbiological

spoilage.

“Rhodes Food Group has decided to recall all Rhodes Chakalaka from

the marketplace. This recall is voluntary and there have been no customer

complaints regarding this product.”

Although the affected product was only from production dates

September and October last year, Rhodes Food Group said it preferred to recall

all Rhodes Mild and Hot Chakalaka as a precautionary measure.

“The product can be identified by the printing on the can end.

Product affected will have B/BEF SEP 2012 or B/BEF OCT 2012 printed on the top

of the can.”

While the risk of harmful spoilage was extremely remote, Rhodes

had, in line with best practice and internal Rhodes quality procedures, elected

to initiate a full product recall.

“In the remote event of spoilage occurring, the effect of eating

this product could range from nothing to a mild stomach upset to food

poisoning.”

Consumers could call the Rhodes Food Group’s customer care line

0800 746 337 to arrange for the product to be returned and compensation to be

provided.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this recall to all of

our customers.

“We want to assure them that we will replace all recalled goods,”

Gerhard Kotze, divisional MD, said.



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