Source of listeriosis outbreak identified


The government, which has been criticised for taking too long to find the cause, had on Sunday linked the outbreak to a meat product known as "polony" made by Tiger's Enterprise Food.

The Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced on Sunday that the recent listeriosis outbreak which had resulted in 176 deaths across South Africa since January 2017, had been traced to meat processor Enterprise's Polokwane facility.

Thus far, a shocking 180 persons diagnosed with listeriosis have died.


MacDougall said although the National Consumer Commission ordered Enterprise Foods to recall three products‚ the company had chose to be extra vigilant and voluntary recall all products produced at its facilities in Germiston‚ Gauteng‚ and Polokwane in Limpopo.

Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has ordered South African retail chain stores operating in the country to recall ready-to-eat meat products imported from that country following expert confirmation that the products were a source of Listeria bacteria.

On Jan. 12, a pediatrician treated nine school children for gastroenteritis. They had gathered to demand refunds on their purchases of ready-to-eat meat products that include polony - a local version of baloney sausage - sliced ham and Frankfurter-style sausages. Both those firms said their products were safe.

The company has suspended all production of RCL Foods' Rainbow Polony brand and is recalling all Rainbow Polony products despite the fact that test results of its polony product are still pending. Polony products have tested positive for Listeria, but the sequence types of the isolates are not ST6.

Tiger Brands is holding a press briefing after the company 's processed meat products were identified as a source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak. "RCL Foods is treating the outbreak " a crisis internally..." but noted "...that the specific strain of the pathogen responsible for the outbreak has not been isolated to the Wolwehoek facility". It can contaminate foods that come in contact with it.

Members of the public are demanding refunds for some of the meat products they bought and some are returning the goods.

. The company operates across South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda and Zambia.

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