SPC Ardmona recalls potentially explosive tinned tomatoes

SPC recalls tinned tomatoes due to dangerous cans

SPC has recalled a batch of tinned tomatoes due to concerns pressure inside could cause injury to someone opening them.

A popular brand of tinned tomatoes has been pulled from supermarket shelves because they could explode while being opened.

SPC Ardmona has recalled a single batch of 400 gram Peeled Vine Ripened Tomatoes and says they could be hazardous.

"Due to increased pressure in the can caused by a breakdown in the can lining integrity, these food products may cause injury when opening," SPC said in a statement.

The Australian-grown tomatoes have been sold in Coles, Woolworths and independent supermarkets and have the code TOM W/P 428580 007CM on the tin's base.

SPC said the issue applied only to the packaging in one batch and there was no food-safety risk related to the product.

"No other Ardmona products, or any other SPC products, are affected," a company spokeswoman said.

Customers should dispose of the products and contact SPC on 1800 805 168.

The recall is a set-back for the Shepparton-based company, which enjoyed a long fought for victory in February when the federal government announced anti-dumping measures would apply to two large Italian tinned tomato importers.

La Doria and Feger di Gerardo Ferraioli, which together account for half the tinned tomatoes imported into Australia, were hit with dumping duties of 4.5 per cent and 8.4 per cent respectively after they were found to be selling their products for less than they sell for in Italy.

Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the move would ensure SPC Ardmona could compete equally in Australian supermarkets.

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