Listeriosis: Four countries ‘immediately’ suspend SA chilled meat imports

JOHANNESBURG-  Late on Monday four countries in southern Africa took steps against South African chilled meat imports made at a factory found to be the origin of the world’s worst-ever listeria outbreak.

Countries such as Mozambique and Namibia announced they were immediately suspending imports of the products affected of listeria.

Botswana said it will be recalling the items “with immediate effect” and Zambia called on South African retail chains in their country to pull the implicated goods from the local shelves.

From January 2017 there have nearly been 1000 cases of Listeria with at least 180 have died, according to official figures.

The disease caused by bacteria from soil, water, vegetation and animal faeces which can contaminate fresh food most notably in meat.

Health officials and the health department revealed the source of the outbreak was an Enterprise Food plant in Polokwane. The Wolwehoek Rainbow Chicken in Sasolburg in the Free State were also issued with a notice of closure after it was identified as one of the sources of the Listeriosis outbreak.

Angry consumers queued outside Enterprise sites, demanding refunds on their purchases of ready-to-eat meat products that included polony sliced ham and Frankfurter-style sausages.

Taxi driver Bongani Mavuso queued outside Enterprise’s factory shop in Germiston, Johannesburg to seek  his refund, “I’ve eaten already some polony and Russian. I don’t know, maybe I can get some disease,”

“I’m just coming to collect my money,” he said.

Photo Credit- RNews

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