Education Department suspends use of pilchards at schools

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JOHANNESBURG - The Education Department has suspended the use of pilchards at schools.

It's temporarily removed it from the National School Nutrition Menu.

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The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications ordered retailers to stop selling 400g Pilchards in Tomato and Chilli Sauce with immediate effect.

This followed an investigation which revealed a deficiency in the canning process.

The department has reassured parents, pupils and members of the public that it's doing everything it can to ensure that no learner is compromised.