The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has urged consumers in possession of Similac Alimentum 400G infant formula to immediately discontinue use of the product and return it to the point of sale for a full refund.

Acting Commissioner Thezi Mabuza says the supplier informed the Commission of the precautionary recall of Similac Alimentum in South Africa.

The manufacturer, Abbott Laboratories-Nutrition informed the Commission of a voluntary recall following a global recall as announced by the supplier.

The recall was prompted by consumers who reported that their infants presented some symptoms after ingesting the formula in the USA.

Though according to Abbott Laboratories, only four cases were reported in the USA, the presence of Cronobacter and Salmonella in an infant formula is a cause for concern.

Although there are no cases reported in South Africa consumers have been urged not to feed their infants the formula.

The recall specifically applies to the following batches of the formula: Similac Alimentum 400g Infant Formula (27938z26), manufactured March 2021, with an expiry date of 01 April 2023 and Similac Alimentum 400g Infant Formula (29284Z26),  manufactured in May 2021, with an expiry date of 01 June 2023/

Ingesting Salmonella may lead to diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps, while Cronobacter infection may also cause damage to the bowel system.

The NCC’s Phetho Ntaba explains:

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Food group Pioneer Foods, has launched a recall of specific batches of Safari peanuts & raisins, and cashew nuts.

This recall applies not only in South Africa but also in Botswana and Namibia.

In a statement, the company said: “On 17 November 2021, a limited number of cases of Safari 60 g Peanuts & Raisins (Best Before: 27/10/2022) and Safari 100 g Raw Cashews (Best Before: 27/6/2022) were released to the trade, despite having been isolated and ringfenced for destruction. These are the only SKUs that have been affected.”

Pioneer Foods CEO Tertius Carstens added: “This limited number of affected products should never have been released into trade, and whilst we have not received any health-related complaints from consumers to date, we have decided to proceed to proactively recall these specific products.”

The company added: “Routine testing at the Safari production site in KwaZulu Natal, identified a batch of products that tested positive for low levels of salmonella typhimurium (“salmonella”). Based on safety protocols, production was immediately halted, the product was placed on hold and ringfenced. The production site was then deep-cleaned, and vector sampling was completed.”

Pioneers Foods said it had contacted the South African National Consumer Commission and the South African Department of Health informing them of the recall.

By 06 December 2021, the company confirmed that it had managed to retrieve 92 percent of the affected products.

Product Variety Pack size  PD and BB dates Image Country
Peanuts &  Raisins 60 g BB 27/ 10/2022 SA & Namibia
Cashews Raw 100 g BB 27/6/2022 SA & Botswana



Liqui Fruit has announced that some of its 100% apple juice products have been recalled.

This is because of elevated levels of a natural toxic substance that was found in apple concentrate supplied to Pioneer Foods.

The company said that a limited quantity of apple juice concentrate contained elevated levels of patulin.

In a statement CEO Tertius Carstens says: “We have taken the decision, as a precautionary measure and with the interests of our consumers at heart, to launch a recall of products produced from the apple juice concentrate batch in question.”

The following LiquiFruit 100% Apple Juice products sold in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia are affected:

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 250ml carton

Single unit barcode: 60052599

Date coding: PD 11.06.2021 / BB 11.06.2022

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 330ml can

Single unit barcode: 6001240225561

Date coding: PD 07.06.2021 / BB 07.06.2022

PD 08.06.2021 / BB 08.06.2022

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 300ml can

Single unit barcode: 6001240239346

Date coding: PD 21.06.2021 / BB 21.06.2022

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 1L

Single unit barcode: 6001048000339

Date coding: PD 07.06.2021 / BB 07.06.2022

PD 08.06.2021 / BB 08.06.2022

Last month, the Acting National Consumer Commissioner urged consumers who bought Appletiser products to immediately return them to the retailers following a recall by Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa. Acting Commissioner Thezi Mabuza said that according to Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, their quality check routine including laboratory testing revealed that these batches contain toxins that were outside of the acceptable standard.