Tiger Brands is recalling certain KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021 due to an extremely small number of defective cans supplied by a packaging supplier.

The cans may have a defective side seam weld that could cause the can to leak. The company identified the issue as part of its internal quality assurance processes.

1. Which products are being recalled?

Canned products forming part of this recall include products from the KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable range, including baked beans, that were produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021.

Product Description Weight Barcode
KOO Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce 410g 6009522300586
KOO Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce-Lite 410g 6009522306571
Hugo’s Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce 410g 6009522305536
KOO Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce 4 pack **NEW** 4 x 410g 6009522307653
KOO Butter Beans in Brine 410g 6001024023543
KOO Butter Beans in Tangy Curry Sauce 410g 6001024000469
KOO Butter Beans in Tomato Sauce 420g 6001024024007
KOO Baked Beans in Chilli Sauce 420g 6001024035003
KOO Baked Beans in Tomato & Herb 410g 6009522303006
KOO Baked Beans in Curry Sauce 410g 6009522303020
KOO Baked Beans in Hot Chakalaka 410g 6009522303013
KOO Baked Beans in BBQ Flavoured Sauce 410g 6009522308117
KOO Baked Beans in Chilli Wors Flavoured Sauce 410g 6009522308124
KOO Creamstyle Sweetcorn 415g 6009522300562
KOO Whole Kernel in Brine 410g 6001024386655
KOO Mixed Vegetables in Sweet and Spicy Curry Sauce 420g 6009522300296
KOO Mixed Vegetables in Hot Curry Sauce 420g 6009522300289
KOO Mixed Vegetables in Curry Sauce 420g 6001024549913
KOO Mixed Vegetables in Cape Malay Curry Sauce 420g 6009522307639
KOO Mixed Vegetables in Durban Curry Sauce 420g 6009522307646
KOO Mixed Vegetables in Brine 410g 6001024103184
Helderberg Fresh Garden Peas in Sweetened Brine 400g 6009522308506
KOO Fresh Garden Peas in Brine 410g 6001024223318
KOO Fresh Garden Peas in Brine 400g 6009522308186
KOO Surfmaid Peas Petit Pois in Sweetened Brine 400g 6009522308193
KOO Short Spaghetti in Flavoured Tomato Sauce 410g 6001024383623

2. Does the side seam leakage present a consumer health risk?

No health issues have been reported to date relating to the affected product range. Although there is a low probability of illness and injury, matters of quality and food safety are an absolute priority for Tiger Brands. The company in consultation with the National Consumer Council (NCC) therefore made the decision to initiate a precautionary withdrawal in the best interest of consumers.

3. Where do I return these products to and will I be refunded?

If you have KOO or Hugo’s canned vegetable products at home that were produced from 1 May 2019 to 5 May 2021 and that form part of the recall, you can return the canned products to your nearest supermarket or wholesale outlet for a refund.

4. How do I know if the canned products I have at home are part of this withdrawal?

Canned vegetable products forming part of the recall can be identified by looking at the manufacturing date code stamped on the bottom or top of the can. The manufacturing date appears in the first line following the letters MAN. In the example below, the manufacturing date is 5 May 2021.

MAN 05/05/2021 08:58 4 K2 2H 9
BEST BEFORE 05/05/2024

5. Who do I contact if I have more questions?

For more information visit www.koo.co.za or contact the consumer careline on 0860 100 891 or at tigercsd@tigerbrands.com.

6. Are canned foods safe to eat? What should I be on the lookout for?

Canning is a safe way to preserve food and extend the shelf-life of fresh produce. It is good practice to always take a moment to inspect the quality of a can when you’re choosing products. Never purchase or use cans that are dented, cracked, leaking, or have bulging lids.