Listeria outbreak in S. Africa linked to processed meats

Ready-to-Eat Processed Meat: Source of South Africa's Listeria Outbreak

Members of the public are in panic mode after processed meat products have been linked to the recent listeriosis outbreak.

Customers have descended on the factories that made the polony, to demand a refund. He announced the source of the outbreak as the Enterprise Food plant about 300 kilometers (185 miles) northeast of Pretoria.

Yes, this is the largest ever recorded outbreak of this severe form of listeriosis globally.
In addition, all ready-to-eat products such as polony and Russian sausages manufactured at the Rainbow facility in Sasolburg were also being withdrawn.

"It is not that we are incompetent, or that we have inadequate resources", Maja said when asked why it had taken more than a year to find the cause of listeria.

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

The company increased testing for Listeria and confirmed the presence of a strain of Listeria in some products on February 14. It is believed to have originated in an Enterprise Food factory in the northern city of Polokwane. "I'm just coming to collect my money".

MacDougall did confirm that a low level detection of the virus was found in Tiger Brands' products in February, which then prompted the decision to take "immediate precautionary measures" to reduce spreading of the virus. "There is no direct link with the deaths to our products", MacDougall told a news conference.

In statements to reporters yesterday, Motsoaledi called on people to avoid consuming sausages and similar products that might be contaminated, and said that other facilities of the company are under investigation, and tests are being made to determine if their products contain the unsafe bacteria.

"Any loss of life is tragic". It added that no link has been made between its Wolwehoek facility and the outbreak.

Fast food chain owner Famous Brands (FBRJ.J) said it was recalling ready-to-eat meat products from its retail outlets.

Several retailers including Pick n Pay, Shoprite Checkers and Woolworths have publicly stated that they are removing Enterprise processed cold meat products and Rainbow Chicken polony from their shelves and have requested customers who have purchased any of these products from them, to return them to a local store for a refund.

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