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Health Warning Issued as Peanut Butter Brands Recalled Over Aflatoxin Concerns

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The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has issued an immediate recall on several peanut butter products after discovering levels of Aflatoxin that exceed the legal safety limits. Consumers are being asked to return products from popular brands such as Pick n Pay’s No Name, Eden All Natural, Wazoogles Superfoods, and Dischem’s Lifestyle to their place of purchase.

Acting Commissioner Thezi Mabuza announced that House of Natural Butters, the manufacturer of the affected goods, had reported the concerning levels of the toxin, which contravenes the standards stipulated by the R1145 Regulation Governing Tolerance of Fungus-Produced Toxins in Foodstuffs.

The products subject to the recall include an array of peanut butter varieties: Dischem’s Lifestyle 400 grams Smooth and Crunchy, 800 grams Smooth and Crunchy; all sizes of Wazoogles Superfoods, ranging from 32g to a substantial 20kg; Pick n’ Pay’s No Name 1kg Smooth; and the Eden All Natural brand.

Mabuza stated, “Pick n Pay, Eden All Natural, and Dischem’s Lifestyle brands were distributed nationally, while Wazoogles Superfoods products were distributed mainly in the Western Cape.”

Highlighting the urgency of the matter, Mabuza advised, “We urge consumers in possession of these products to immediately stop consuming them and return them to the point of purchase for a full refund with or without proof of purchase.”

As the investigation into House of Natural Butters (Pty) Ltd continues, the NCC has taken further steps by initiating a nationwide assessment to determine if other brands are similarly affected.

“The Commission urges the manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers of peanut butter to comply with regulations and conduct urgent tests to assess the safety of the products on their shelves and take immediate corrective steps if found to be unsafe,” added Mabuza.

Underlining the severity of this health risk, Mabuza reminded that the Consumer Protection Act mandates the recall of products that pose any danger to consumers. “It is the responsibility of the manufacturers, importers, and retailers to ensure that goods comply with all applicable laws and standards of the Republic,” he asserted.

Aflatoxin can result in severe health issues including nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain among others. Mabuza reiterated the NCC’s concern for public health by pressing, “We, therefore, urge South African consumers, who have the recalled products, to immediately stop consuming these products and return the products to the point of purchase for a full refund, with or without proof of purchase.”

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