Eskort calls for calm as Listeriosis source identified

CAPE TOWN- KwaZulu-Natal processed meat producer Eskort has called for calm after Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi’s announced that processed meat was the source of South Africa’s latest and worst listeriosis outbreak on record.

The listeriosis outbreak has claimed 180 lives, and hospitalized at least a thousand people.

The Polokwane operations of Tiger Brands’ meat producer Enterprise Foods was identified as the source of the current outbreak.

Some consumers have panicked after the news of the source of listeriosis was released, as some have thrown away products of processed meat products they have already purchased including polony, viennas, ham and cold meats.

Eskort has made it clear that their products are not manufactured or produced in Polokwane Limpopo, where the health minister said the source of the outbreak was.

The producer has said, “Eskort only has manufacturing facilities in Estcourt (KwaZulu-Natal) and Heidelberg (Gauteng), where all Eskort products are exclusively produced. Eskort continues to cooperate fully with the Department of Health and Agriculture and all tests on Eskort products have been confirmed as negative across the Eskort range of Russians, polony, viennas and bacon.”

The company added that they their products are subjected to strict standards as well as external independent maintenance.

Symptoms of Listeriosis include, nausea, dizziness, fever, stiffness and disorientation.

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