RSA listeriosis outbreak traced to meat

RSA listeriosis outbreak traced to meat

Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has ordered South African retail chain stores operating in the country to recall ready-to-eat meat products imported from that country following expert confirmation that the products were a source of Listeria bacteria.

Retailers rushed to pull meat products made at a factory associated with the oubreak. Ninety-three (85 percent) people reported eating ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat products, of which polony was the most common followed by viennas/sausages and then other 'cold meats, ' he said.

Yes, this is the largest ever recorded outbreak of this severe form of listeriosis globally.

Customers were notified to return any Enterprise or Rainbow Chicken products bought at Food Lover's Market or Freshstop stores for a full refund, spokesperson Jean Harkett said in a statement on Tuesday.

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

"Much more research is needed on the specific stem of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria that caused the outbreak".

Outside Enterprise sites in South Africa, there were lines of angry consumers as well as small retailers.

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We are removing products that may be linked to the listeriosis outbreak from our stores. "I'm just coming to collect my money".

The minister demanded that Russian and Vienna sausages, as well as the cold meat polony be removed from shelves immediately.

Lawrence McDougall also told a news conference the company had not yet worked out the financial impact of suspending production at two of the company's factories that were linked to the outbreak.

The company added that while a direct link between the outbreak and its Wolwehoek facility has not been confirmed, it has taken precautionary measures to suspend all of its production of Rainbow Polony brand at the facility and has also recalled all Rainbow Polony products from its entire customer base.

"Any loss of life is tragic".

The public is being warned by local health authorities to avoid all processed meat products produced by Enterprise Foods as well as Rainbow Chicken, while the Consumer Goods Council has announced that consumers will be refunded if they return contaminated products.

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