Listeriosis Outbreak: What You Need To Know

Frederick Owens
March 6, 2018

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced earlier that an Enterprise factory in Limpopo had been found to be the source of the outbreak of the disease. "While we know that polony is definitely implicated, there is a risk of cross-contamination of other ready-to-eat processed meat products, either at production, distribution or retail".

"I've eaten already some polony and Russian (sausage)".

Motsoaledi said on Sunday that polony was a definite source of the disease. "I'm just coming to collect my money".

Political parties have also responded to the crisis, with the Democratic Alliance calling for stricter measures to be enforced by the health department.

"There is no direct link with the deaths to the products, that we are aware of at this point", MacDougall told journalists.

"Any loss of life is tragic". It added that no link has been made between its Wolwehoek facility and the outbreak. It advised people not to eat any processed meat.

It took South Africa more than a year to trace the outbreak.

According to the NICD, the total number of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases had risen to 948 since January 2018.

- Tiger Brands recalled Enterprise products.

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South Africa's Health Ministry said on Sunday that a listeriosis outbreak has killed 180 people in the country since the beginning of 2017.

Enterprise Foods also has another plant at Germiston, where preliminary test by state officials have tested positive for listeria, but the presence of the ST6 strand has not yet been confirmed.

Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama tweeted that they would be laying murder charges against Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken.

We have removed all Enterprise processed cold meats and Rainbow chicken polony from our fridges and deli's and returned...

The company has nevertheless recalled all exported products and says it has taken immediate action and corrective steps to address the listeriosis outbreak.

Even so, Lawrence McDougall said his firm was "being extra cautious and vigilant" and abiding by the government's recall order.

"Yes, this is the largest ever recorded outbreak of this severe form of listeriosis globally", Peter K. Ben Embarek, who manages the WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network, told Reuters in an emailed response.

The infection mainly affects children and has a three-week incubation period, making it hard to track.

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