South Africa's neighbors halt meat imports on listeriosis fears


"We are committed to ensuring that all Enterprise products will be recalled". They include Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi and Uganda.

"Our products have always been grown, handled and packed under strict internationally-acknowledged food safety protocols and conditions. South Africa has an outstanding reputation as a credible and reliable source of safe and excellent quality fresh fruit".

"Since the confirmed outbreak of Listeriosis by the Department of Health in December 2017, the company proactively amplified its testing for Listeria of raw materials and finished goods and also introduced additional hygiene monitoring of our processes, equipment, storage and waste areas at our facilities", said the statement. He announced the source of the outbreak as the Enterprise Food plant about 300 kilometers (185 miles) northeast of Pretoria.

"This is because Listeria on the exterior casing (packaging) of polony can be transferred to other products it comes into contact with, including viennas, russians, frankfurters, other sausages, and other "cold meat" products that are typically not cooked before eating", he said.

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

"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", it said.

"Customers will not be required to produce till slips or proof of purchase in order to return these products". It added that no link has been made between its Wolwehoek facility and the outbreak.

"I lost trust with Enterprise".

MacDougall said that the government had linked the outbreak to ST6, but not linked the specific strain to the deaths of patients. "I would rather go back to peanut butter and jam".

A number of Southern African countries have banned imports of processed meat from South Africa.

A shortage of the solution used for testing for the listeria bacteria meant the results of the tests at the Polokwane factory were delayed by two weeks, an official at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases told Times Live.

Products manufactured at Enterprise's Polokwane factory in South Africa subsequently tested positive for the strain that was later found to be responsible for nearly all of the cases.