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Clover Under Probe as Aflatoxin Levels Prompt Major Peanut Butter Recall

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Clover Under Probe as Aflatoxin Levels Prompt Major Peanut Butter Recall

Clover Go Nuts Peanut Butter

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) is on a probing mission against Clover (PTY) Ltd for possible violations of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) after the food and beverage heavyweight recalled thousands of its peanut butter units due to high aflatoxin levels.

National Consumer Commission
National Consumer Commission

A red flag was raised when Clover came forward with the information that it has pulled 10,776 units of 400g Go Nuts peanut butter from shelves, following test results which showed aflatoxin levels surpassing safe limits. Aflatoxin, a well-known carcinogen produced by fungi on crops such as maize, peanuts, and cottonseed, poses significant health risks.

The trigger for the NCC’s heightened vigilance was the string of recent recalls involving five different peanut butter brands, including prominent names found in Pick ‘n Pay, Dis-Chem, Wazoogles, Eat Naked, and Woolworths.

With these recalls ringing alarm bells, the NCC wasted no time laying down the law to industry players. “Following these recalls, the NCC called on all producers, manufacturers, and suppliers of peanut butter, peanut butter-based products, and products containing peanuts to immediately test their products for aflatoxin levels and submit their results to the NCC,” elucidated the commission.

NCC Acting Commissioner, Thezi Mabuza, spoke more about the implications of the evident non-compliance. “From the test results that were received by the commission, there is an indication that suppliers were not compliant with their protocols and regulations. We are expecting suppliers, to be specific, the retailers, to immediately recall those brands that are non-compliant. This is to ensure that we protect South African consumers from any further harm,” she stated resolutely.

The commissioner also gave insights into the legalities involved, citing a section of the CPA and the NCC’s Product Recall Guidelines that obligate retailers and suppliers to act promptly upon detection of compromised safety. Mabuza emphasized, “Upon receiving the notification from Clover (PTY) Ltd, the commission assessed the recall and established some inconsistencies with the CPA.”

In a public health notice, consumers who have purchased the implicated Clover Go Nuts peanut butter, particularly with best-before dates of 12, 18, and 19 June 2025 and 19 July 2025, are urged to cease consumption of the product and seek a full refund at the original point of sale.

Highlighting the dangers of continued consumption, the NCC has been clear on the immediate action required from consumers holding the recalled products. The affected peanut butter can cause a variety of health issues including nausea, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort.

Reasserting its commitment to product safety, Clover assured the public that “All affected batches of the product have already been removed from all stores countrywide. All other batches of our Go Nuts Peanut Butter product in stores are not affected by this recall and are 100% safe for consumption,” the company declared confidently.

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