Tiger Brands briefing on listeriosis outbreak

"We are removing products from our stores that may be linked to the Listeriosis outbreak", Pick n Pay, one of the largest chain stores in the country, said in a statement.

The announcement made by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Sunday to recall all processed meat products following a listeriosis outbreak has caused South Africans to panic while food producers scramble to provide answers. Of that total, 180 case patients have died which represents a 27 percent fatality rate.

Enterprise said it would undertake a national recall of its ready-to-eat meat product range.

On Jan. 12, a pediatrician treated nine school children for gastroenteritis.

Media in South Africa reported that hundreds of customers had flocked the factories and stores suspected of being the source of the listeriosis infection, returning goods they had already purchased and demanding refunds.

"Hortgro believes it is a relief that the source has been found". Eye Witness News' Senior Reporter Barry Bateman tweeted that Listerioris was identified at an Enterprise Processing Plant in Polokwane and a Rainbow Processing Plant in Germiston. "The company has furthermore sent its samples to an external laboratory to test for the strain itself and should receive the results tomorrow [March 5]".

The company increased testing for Listeria and confirmed the presence of a strain of Listeria in some products on February 14.

An investigation of the RCL Wolwehoek production facility is also underway, Motsoaledi said.

African government to recall cold and meat products supplied by the firm. The sequence types of these isolates also are not known.

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.

Parent company Tiger Brands has responded, saying it has not been provided with any evidence to show there is a direct link between the listeriosis deaths and the company's products.

"Woolworths has a team of food scientists and technologists who proactively manage food safety in addition to our independent food safety testing and auditing, to prevent microbial contamination of food".

RCL Foods manufactures a broad line of private label food products.

South Africa is Zambia's second largest trading partner following a number of South African business entities operating in Zambia.

  • Sylvester Abbott