A total of 26,000 boxes were manufactured on March 23 with an expiry date of September 22 2023.
Harris said 18,280 boxes had been returned already.
"At this stage, we are currently and continuously monitoring and tracking. So far 18,280 units have been returned with the difference of 7,720 in isolation at customers awaiting uplifts back to Unilever Mother Warehouse," said Harris.
Harris said the company had notified the relevant regulatory authorities in accordance with local regulations about the recall.
"We have initiated a nationwide trade uplift and issued a public recall. If anyone has any boxes of Knorr “Cup-a-Soup Beef and Vegetable Lite” marked with BB 22SEPT 23 2082 E please do not use them but rather return the products to your nearest retailer for a refund. Consumers are urged to return the products and not to dispose of it themselves," said Harris.
National Consumer Commission (NCC) spokesperson Phetho Ntaba said the commission was monitoring the recall process as per the NCC’s recall guidelines.
“We cannot tell for how long the process will take. It will depend on the response from customers and how many of them return the product,” said Ntaba.
In a statement released on Saturday, the NCC urged consumers in possession of the Knorr Cup-a-Soup Beef and Vegetable Lite boxes to discontinue use of the product and return it to the point of sale for a full refund.
“The manufacturer Unilever SA informed the commission that Knorr Cup-a-Soup Regular Beef and Vegetable instant soup variant sachets were incorrectly packed into the Knorr Cup-a-Soup Lite Beef and Vegetable instant soup variant cartons. We understand that this means that consumers could unwittingly consume the Knorr Cup-a-Soup Lite Beef and Vegetable variant which unintentionally contains the undeclared wheat and gluten,” said NCC acting commissioner Thezi Mabuza.
“I want to remind suppliers of goods and services to put safety measures in place to ensure that they distribute goods that meet the requirement of the Consumer Protection Act. Suppliers need to carry out practices that will assure consumers that the product is safe to consume and is of acceptable quality,” said Mabuza.