Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Enterprise withdraws all processed meats and stops their production at two facilities

Enterprise withdraws all processed meats and stops their production at two facilities

Officials also announced that the outbreak was tied to a sausage-type meat that is made by South Africa's largest consumer foods group.

Ndlozi said the "blame must be placed squarely" at the feet of Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chicken after Motsoaledi said the outbreak had been narrowed down to those facilities. These included processed meat products such as polony, vienna sausages and other processed cold meat often consumed by children. Some 180 of those infected have died. "I'm just coming to collect my money".

The Department of Health ordered retailers to immediately recall affected products.

MacDougall did acknowledge that the government had linked the ST6 strain of listeria bacteria detected in Enterprise facilities with the outbreak that has resulted in 180 deaths.

Enterprise and Tiger suspended their ready-to-eat meat productions, after authorities ordered to recall its products from national and worldwide shops, while supermarket chains asked their clients to return the products and their money will be reimbursed.

"Any loss of life is tragic".

"I already packed my kids' lunch with this product, so I'm shocked", said Tshepo Makhura, a 37-year-old call centre agent. It advised people not to eat any processed meat.

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Posted by Shoprite South Africa on Montag, 5. "A recent member-survey about facilities and products tested confirmed this", he said in a statement.

The ZO first reported on the disease last month after three listeriosis cases in the King Cetshwayo District were confirmed.

Following the revelation, Tiger Brands, a listed company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, saw its shares falling by 7%.

The food industry in South Africa was complex and it would be irresponsible to start speculating now about the possible reasons for the listeriosis outbreak, according to Prof Celia Hugo, a microbiologist at Free State University. 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. It is also recalling all of its polony brands.

Citing the possibility of cross-contamination in stores, the NICD advised consumers to avoid all processed meats and called on stores to remove all meat products and clean display cases with bleach.

Both firms have suspended meat production. The UN said the listeria outbreak is believed to be the largest-ever worldwide.

The infection mainly affects children and has a three-week incubation period, making it hard to track.

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