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Cans of ‘pilchards’ contained baked beans instead. Photo by Samson Ratswana  ~ 

APRIL Masenya was coming home after a long day and grabbed two cans of fish and one each of baked beans and spaghetti from the shop for a quick supper for his family.

But when they opened the first can of Lucky Star tinned fish they were in for a surprise: Instead of tasty fish, the can was filled with baked beans!

April went back to the shop to complain.

At first the staff would not believe him, but when they opened the other tin of fish they found that also contained baked beans!

April (53) from Cultura Park in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Tshwane, said the owner of the local supermarket, M & A, said it was not their fault and he should complain to Lucky Star.

Daily Sun visited the store on Tuesday morning. The manager, who gave his name only as Ali, said they bought 30 cases of Lucky Star tinned fish and cooking oil from a supplier in Joburg. “We immediately took it back after the customer complained and our supplier refunded us,” he said.

City of Tshwane spokesman Lindela Mashigo said Metro Police would conduct a joint operation with other departments to inspect the shop and ensure compliance.

He said municipal health services were obliged to investigate and, in case of deliberate misconduct, take legal steps against the supplier or seller.

A spokesmen for the Oceana Group said it was “extremely unlikely” for them to mislabel a can of baked beans as a can of pilchards. “All our canning factories work exclusively with seafood products. We will investigate this matter further,” he said.

Lucky Star promised April a food hamper for his trouble.

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