Anxiety as meat poisoning scare hits South Africa

A screengrab of Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi briefing the media on the listeriosis outbreak on 4 March 2018
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06 March, 2018

The minister also told South Africans not to consume ready-to-eat processed meat across the board due to the risk of cross-contamination.

Fast food chain owner Famous Brands (FBRJ.J) said it was recalling ready-to-eat meat products from its retail outlets. A total of 180 people have died as a result of eating these products.

The DoH called for all polony products to be taken off shelves after detecting the virus in RCL Foods' Wolwehoek facility.

Since January 2017, 948 people have contracted listeriosis which is caused by bacteria from soil, water, vegetation and animal feces which can contaminate fresh food - notably fresh meat. "I don't know, maybe I can get some disease", said Bongani Mavuso, a taxi driver, as he stood in line outside Enterprise's factory shop in Germiston, Johannesburg.

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.

Supermarkets in South Africa have been clearing a popular sausage from the shelves after it was blamed for a food poisoning outbreak behind 180 deaths.

"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".

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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. "It is devastating for me to have our products linked to this outbreak".

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

At this point in time, MacDougall said he could not confirm what the financial implications to the group would be, but did say that "the cost of withdrawal (of products) out of all the market is at a high expense". Malawi stepped up screening of South African food imports.

Today alone, Tiger lost some 475,000 dollars, and its shares fell 7 percent during the morning transactions. "I would rather go back to peanut butter and jam", said call centre agent Tshepo Makhura, 37.

Analysts said profits at the two firms were unlikely to be hit hard.

"We are committed to ensuring that all Enterprise products will be recalled". It is also recalling all of its polony brands.


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