Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Factory in Polokwane

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

Investigation of the RCL Wolwehoek production facility is also underway.

"Given the findings of Listeria, it is clear that there has been a drop in the quality controls at these facilities. Another factory is a factory in Sasolburg, Free State where polony tested positive for Listeria, but the strain is unconfirmed", he said. Nonetheless, it would also be pulled from the shelves as it posed a health risk, October said.

"Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from over 30% of the environmental samples collected from this site", said Motsoaledi.

Two more facilities have also been singled out pending more tests to determine the sequence type.

Processed meat products such as bologna, sausages and cold meat products were listed as no-go zones by the minister.

The safety recall will affect the manufacturers' entire distribution networks, both domestic and worldwide.

Most of the deaths occurred in Gauteng.

"Customers who bought any Enterprise product (including Bokkie‚ Renown‚ Lifestyle‚ Mieliekip) or any Rainbow ready-to-eat products‚ such as polony or Russians‚ can return the product for a full refund".

Motsoaledi said consumers should avoid all processed meat products sold as ready to eat. "The outbreak strain, ST6, was confirmed in at least 16 environmental samples collected from this Enterprise facility", he said.

"The source of the present Listeriosis outbreak has been traced to the Enterprise factory in Polokwane and it tested positive for ST6 strain".

Tiger brands has stated that they will be meeting with the National Consumer Commission (NCC) today.

"We are committed to ensuring that all Enterprise products, as identified, will be recalled as part of the directive received", it said. This action is taking place in all Pick n Pay and Boxer stores. "In addition, as a precaution, Pick n Pay branded chicken polony, manufactured by Rainbow, is also being withdrawn", the statement added.

The retailer said all fridges and food preparation areas in our stores would be re-cleaned to prevent any cross-contamination.

Pick n Pay and Shoprite on Sunday said they would withdraw Enterprise and Rainbow food products following an announcement on listeriosis by government.

Compliance notices will be issued to facilities in terms of the National Health Act.

With the exception of the significantly higher numbers, South Africa's listeria outbreak is shockingly like Canada's involvement in 2008. The public is warned that foods such as polony are implicated, with a probable chance that this may contaminate other ready-to-eat foods.

In January Motsoaledi acknowledged that the disease was first discovered by doctors from neonatal units in the Chris Hani Baragwanath and Steve Biko Hospitals in July 2017 - who then alerted the NICD.

The Eastern Cape Department of Health was approached regarding public awareness and education efforts but have not yet commented at this time.

Results were confirmed on Saturday night‚ a month later.

Grocott's Mail and PSAM will continue to report on this issue to our readers. "In the meantime‚ we reaffirm our commitment to recall the identified Enterprise products as soon as possible". The problem was a design flaw that inhibited thorough cleaning.

Visit the Department of Health website for more information on food-borne disease.

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