A photo of the creature, described by Oceana as “a marine crustacean”, was shared on Facebook by Johannesburg resident Hayley Diedericks on July 15.
She wrote in the caption: “My poor domestic worker found this THING in a tin of pilchards … bloody hell.”
Diedericks said after laying a complaint, the creature was apparently checked by the company. She said he received “a call from the marketing director of Lucky Star and the nunu is a mantis shrimp not a parktown prawn”.
Oceana spokesperson Bulelwa Nombutuma told The Citizen: “Once we became aware of the complaint and the photograph, we took immediate action to investigate how this isolated incident could have happened. While we have yet to complete our investigation to determine the root cause of the problem, we can confirm that the photograph shows a marine crustacean, which was accidently canned with the pilchards during the canning process.”
The spokesperson added they had numerous quality checks instituted during and after production at all their fish canning facilities to produce the highest quality pilchard and sauce.
“We have been in touch with our customer to apologise and to assure her that there was no food safety risk,” Nombutuma concluded.
– Caxton News Network