SOUTH AFRICA – Pick n Pay, a prominent South African supermarket chain, has announced a recall of three peanut butter brands—No Name Smooth Peanut Butter, Eden Smooth Peanut Butter, and Eden Crunch Peanut Butter—due to potential health risks.

The recall is in response to in-house standard testing that revealed higher-than-regulated levels of Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin that may pose health complications, according to the World Health Organization.

In a statement, Pick n Pay assured the public that all stocks of the affected peanut butter products have been promptly removed from stores across the country.

Customers who have purchased these products with an expiry date between now and July 2025 are advised to return them to any Pick n Pay store for a full refund.

Additionally, the retailer emphasized that concerns raised by customers, regardless of expiry dates or product status (opened or unopened), will be addressed with full refunds.

“The health and safety of our customers is our priority. Customers who might have bought these peanut butter products are urged to return them to Pick n Pay for a full refund if any product has an expiry date between now and July 2025,” Pick n Pay stated.

The supermarket chain has taken proactive measures by informing both the health department and the National Consumer Commission about the recall.

Pick n Pay’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of its customers is evident in its thorough response to the potential health risks associated with the recalled peanut butter products.

Meanwhile, in a bid to address the cost-of-living crisis, Shoprite has joined forces with Pasta & Me, a local supplier, to introduce an affordable family meal under R20.

The one-pot meal, part of Shoprite’s exclusive Homegrown private label range, is a collaborative effort with Pasta & Me, a 100% female-owned business founded by Aziza Parker.

The meal, priced at R19.99, is designed to feed a family of four for less than R5 per person, providing an economical and flavorful solution amid financial challenges faced by South African families.

The Pasta & Me noodle packs, available in three different flavours, namely Steak and Chops, Jalapeno & Cheese, and Roast Chicken & Veg, can be exclusively found at selected Shoprite supermarkets.

This initiative reflects Shoprite’s commitment to assisting consumers during tough economic times, offering them affordable options without compromising on quality and taste.

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