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SA Reacts To Worst Listeriosis Outbreak Yet

SA Reacts To Worst Listeriosis Outbreak Yet”

Tiger Brands advised consumers to remove any Enterprise ready-to-eat products from their fridges and place them in a plastic bag away from other products.

On Sunday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the outbreak was traced to Enterprise's Polokwane facility, after several children presented with gastroenteritis in Soweto earlier in the week.

Hundreds of customers have flocked to the South African factories suspected of being the source of the listeriosis infection which has claimed at least 180 lives in the last 14 months.

The chief executive of Tiger Brands said on Monday there was no direct link between the deaths of more than 180 people who tested positive for listeria and its processed cold meat products.

Harkett said all recalled products were being segregated and will be retained until they are removed from their stores by Tiger Brands and RCL Foods in accordance with their recall plans.

However, he warned that products such as Viennas, Russians, Frankfurters, other sausages and cold meats not typically cooked could also be affected due to the risk of cross contamination.

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The deadly source of listeriosis - which has been plaguing South Africa since January this year - has finally been found in Polokwane. He identified Enterprise as responsible for the outbreak.

We are removing products that may be linked to the listeriosis outbreak from our stores. Both those firms said their products were safe. "...but the presence of the ST6 strain has not been confirmed by our tests", the company said.

SANCU urged authorities to monitor the recall process of contaminated products very carefully. The sequence types of these isolates also are not known.

"Woolworths has a team of food scientists and technologists who proactively manage food safety in addition to our independent food safety testing and auditing, to prevent microbial contamination of food".

"In a statement, RCL Foods said the company's board and management "...remain deeply concerned about this tragic outbreak, and its effect on many South Africans".

Zambia also called on South African retail chains to also withdraw products produced at the Enterprise Food plant. The company operates across South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda and Zambia.

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