Poisonous food maybe on Zambian market – CCPC

ZAMBIANS should be wary of some Tiger Brands products that may contain colorants which may cause cancer in humans, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has warned.

The Commission said it was aware and took cognisance of the fact that Tiger Brands, one of South Africa’s biggest food suppliers had recalled a range of Tastic products that may contain the harmful properties.

CCPC public health officer Twaambo Chuula said the commission was following the developments in the recalling of food products by Tiger Brands in South Africa with keen interest.

According to Bussiness Day of South Africa, Tiger Brands would destroy 17,000 packs of Tastic Simply Delicious sauces and ready-to-eat rice products it is removing from retailer shelves.

Tiger Brands  managing executive Naresh Singh said last week his company was recalling the entire Tastic Simply Delicious range after some of these products tested positive for traces of banned carcinogenic colourants, including industrial dye Sudan 1.

Mr Chuula said the Commission’s major concern was that the products might have crossed the South African border into neighbouring countries which included Zambia and that the products could have been purchased by the Zambian consumers.

“The foods recalled were manufactured between June and July 2014 and arrived in South Africa between August and September 2014. The traces of potentially toxic and carcinogenic (cancer properties) colorants methyl yellow and sudan 1 were found and these foods have since been recalled from the South African market.

“At the date of recall, Tiger Brands had sold 17,000 of both the Simply Delicious cook-in-sauces and Ready to eat rice in all major retailers in South Africa,” he said.

Mr Chuula said the Commission has since engaged Tiger Brands, Pick and Pay Zambia and Shoprite Zambia to ascertain whether the recalled products could have crossed the South African border into Zambia.

“As a precaution, the Commission would like to encourage the Zambian Consumers who might have purchased the recalled Tastic Simply Delicious & Cook in Sauce from any Zambian store to return them to the store where it was bought, as these products are not safe for consumption. The public are also encouraged to inform the Commission if these products are found being sold by traders,” Mr Chuula said.

He further advised the traders to desist from selling the products as this was violation of Section 52 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act No. 24 of the Laws of Zambia.