Tiger Brands, Shoprite remove listeriosis products

Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Ninety-three (85 percent) people reported eating ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat products, of which polony was the most common followed by viennas/sausages and then other 'cold meats, ' he said.

"Customers are also invited to return any Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken processed meat (cold meats like polonies, Viennas, Russians etc) products they have at home for a full refund", Shoprite said.

And South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced the recall of ready to eat meat products from retail chain stores nationally after science experts traced the bacteria to Enterprise Food Production plant located in Polokwane.

It is reported that so far 180 people country-wide have died from listeriosis, which has sparked panic across the country.

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The minister told South Africans not to consume any ready-to-eat processed meat due to the risk of cross-contamination. He said a plant owned by RCL Foods was being investigated.

"Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from over 30 percent of the environmental samples collected from this site, which happens to be the Enterprise factory in Polokwane", Motsoaledi said.

The company was also recalling all its polony brands.

Tests were done and it was found that they had listeriosis.

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The government, which has been criticised for taking too long to find the cause, had on Sunday linked the outbreak to a meat product known as "polony" made by Tiger's Enterprise Food.

Harkett said all recalled products were being segregated and will be retained until they are removed from their stores by Tiger Brands and RCL Foods in accordance with their recall plans.

The company increased testing for Listeria and confirmed the presence of a strain of Listeria in some products on February 14. As a company that prioritizes the health and safety of consumers above all else, we are committed to ensuring that all Enterprise products, as identified, will be recalled as part of the directive received. "This testing includes for listeria".

Tiger Brands Chief Executive Officer Lawrence MacDougall said on Monday that the Department of Health (DoH) approached and advised the company about the seriousness of the outbreak at the same time the public was informed, Sunday afternoon.

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