Listeria Outbreak Causes Millions in Losses in South Africa

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As a result of the outbreak, a number of retailers and a franchisor, namely Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Shoprite and South African fast-food chain owner Famous Brands, made a decision to remove all ready-to-eat meat products from shelves and outlets.

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

The South Africa listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since January is the largest ever recorded globally, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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

He warned that products such as viennas, russians, frankfurters, other sausages and cold meats which are not typically cooked, could also be affected due to the risk of cross-contamination.

It was unacceptable that major food suppliers with high profile brands allowed such lapses in food safety controls, she said in a statement. "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 on Sunday they had traced the source of the Listeria outbreak, the worst in history, to a factory run by Enterprise Foods in Polokwane city, Limpopo province.

The company was also recalling all its polony brands.

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.

"I already packed my kids' lunch with this product, so I'm shocked", said Tshepo Makhura, a 37-year-old call centre agent, who had returned to one store to demand a refund.

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.

The listeria bacteria is hard to test for, as it is not homogenously distributed in food.

Tiger Brands is holding a press briefing after the company 's processed meat products were identified as a source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak.

Scheduled testing of products and processing environments.

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