SOUTH AFRICA – Clover, a South African food and beverage company, has issued a recall for 10,776 units of its Go Nuts Peanut Butter 400 g due to higher than acceptable levels of aflatoxin.

The move follows the National Consumer Commission’s (NCC) receipt of recalls for several peanut butter products last month from various companies that failed to meet acceptable aflatoxin levels.

After multiple tests, Clover decided to recall its Go Nuts Peanut Butter 400 g as a precautionary measure to ensure compliance with quality standards.

Although initial tests by the manufacturer indicated compliance with legislation, further independent testing confirmed elevated aflatoxin levels in limited batches.

“Once these test results were received, we took immediate steps to recall the affected products and notify the authorities, retailers, and consumers of the recall,” Steven Velthuysen, Clover’s Legal, Secretarial, and Human Resources Executive, stated.

The NCC had earlier called on all producers, manufacturers, and suppliers of peanut butter-related products to test their items for aflatoxin levels and submit the results to the commission.

Acting NCC Commissioner Thezi Mabuza highlighted the importance of suppliers complying with protocols and regulations.

He noted that the commission will investigate Clover for alleged contraventions of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and its Product Recall Guidelines.

Meanwhile, Clover has assured consumers that all affected batches of Go Nuts Peanut Butter 400 g have been removed from stores nationwide.

“Only products with the best before dates of June 12, 18, and 19, 2025, and July 19, 2025, are affected by the recall.”

Consumers possessing these products are urged to stop consumption and return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.

Clover emphasized its commitment to consumer health and safety and assures that other batches of the Go Nuts Peanut Butter product in stores are safe for consumption.

Meanwhile, the company is fully cooperating with the NCC’s investigation to provide the required information for inquiry.

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