The products include Pilchards fish in tomato sauce and Pilchards in chilli sauce. Shoprite Maseru has already complied with the call removing the 400g Ritebrand and Cape Point tinned fish from their shelves.
One of the salespersons at the Maseru Mall shop, Napo Mokhoromeng, confirmed to Metro that the said brands were removed a few days ago after they received such instructions.
Mokhoromeng was, however, quick to show that he was not in the light as to why the products were being recalled. This reporter was indeed taken to the shelves to confirm that the said products had been removed. Mokhoromeng said they were yet to receive further instructions on the next step to take.
He said some customers had already returned the Pilchards products they bought from their stores and received their refunds. “We are not sure how much stock was removed from the shelves and the cost of that stock. All we know is that the instruction affected all the Shoprite shops in Lesotho,” he further showed.
The announcement, which dominated headlines this week in South Africa, was made following the outcome of the investigation which the organisation conducted that revealed a deficiency in the canning process.
The regulator said some of the cans were affected during the sauce filling step on the production line therefore could compromise the safety of consumers.