Lilongwe, Malawi

+265 (0)111 772 466



The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) hereby notifies the general public that the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in South Africa has ordered for a national recall of 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce and 400g Pilchards in Chilli Sauce (Tinned Fish) with immediate effect. This is following the outcome of an investigation by NRCS which revealed a deficiency in the canning process. It was found that some of the cans were compromised during the sauce filling step on the production line and therefore could affect the safety of consumers. The recalled products were manufactured in 2019 by West Point Processors based in Cape Town and include the following brands:

  • Deep Catch
  • Mammas
  • OK Housebrand
  • Prime Ocean
  • Spar
  • Sunny
  • Shoprite Ritebrand
  • Cape Point
  • Checkers Housebrand
  • U Brand
  • Saldanha
  • West Point

The above products bear the markings starting with ZST29 and ZSC29 on top of the can.

In view of the foregoing and pursuant to Article 30 (1) (b) of the COMESA Competition Regulations (the “Regulations”), the Commission would therefore like to inform the general public to exercise caution and avoid consumption of the affected pilchard products.

The Commission welcomes any representations on the matter from all interested stakeholders and the general public. Should you require more information or clarification on the matter you may contact the Commission on +265 1 772 466 or email:


George K Lipimile

Director & Chief Executive Officer


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