Tiger Brands's grains division has recalled certain Tastic Simply Delicious products after tests found traces of colourants in them, the company said.
"Tastic believes in perfection for every one of its products and that the health of its consumers is paramount," the company said in a statement.
"The Simply Delicious range of products is produced in India under the strict control of an internationally renowned flavour house and re-tested by Tastic in an independent laboratory in South Africa to ensure that our high specifications are met."
Following recent laboratory tests, the company was concerned to find traces of colourants Methyl Yellow and Sudan 1 in certain Simply Delicious products, produced in June and July 2014.
"These colourants can make food unsafe because of the possible toxicity and carcinogenic properties of such compounds," Tiger Brands said.
"Both substances are described by the World Health Organisation as representing possible risk to human health, and are prohibited in certain countries around the world, including South Africa."
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Products temporarily withdrawn
The company has therefore temporarily withdrawn the Simply Delicious product from all supermarkets as a result of the findings.
Any consumer who had Simply Delicious cook-in-sauces or ready-to-eat rice products produced specifically in June and July this year were advised to return them to any of the major supermarkets in their neighbourhood.
"Affected consumers will receive in return a coupon to the value of the returned product, which they can use to purchase any product of their choice," Tiger Brands said.
"We apologise to consumers and we also want to reassure consumers that the problem affects only these specific batches of Simply Delicious product."
All other Tastic rice products met the company's "very high standards of perfection".
"Once we are fully satisfied that supplies of Simply Delicious meet our stringent quality standards, the products will be supplied again to supermarkets as soon as possible," Tiger Brands said.
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