Listeriosis outbreak traced back to Enterprise factory - Aaron Motsoaledi

Ready-to-Eat Processed Meat: Source of South Africa's Listeria Outbreak

There they found two brands of polony, one from Enterprise and the other from Rainbow Chicken Limited.

The elderly are also at risk, especially those above the age of 65.

According to press reports, Polony and products from the Enterprise factory in Polokwane‚ Limpopo‚ are the source of almost 1,000 illnesses with almost 180 deaths.

This particular strain of listeria monocytogenes that infected so many people is sequence-type 6 and was particularly "virulent".

"In our steady look for the wellspring of the outbreak and the treatment of individuals who are influenced, a group from NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) has met 109 sick individuals to get insights about nourishments they had eaten in the prior month falling sick", Motsoaledi said Sunday. "The outbreak strain, ST6, was confirmed in at least 16 environmental samples collected from this Enterprise facility", he said. The Polokwane operations of Tiger Brands' meat producer Enterprise Foods has been identified as the source of the latest outbreak. So did a stool sample from one of the children. Similar tests are also being conducted at a Germiston Enterprise Foods factory after tests found listeria in several of its ready-to-eat meat products.

"As a company that prioritises 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".

Once the NICD verified that the polony contained strains of the deadly bacteria, a team of environmental health practitioners, accompanied by technical advisors from the World Health Organisation, visited Enterprise Foods' Polokwane plant to collect samples. 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.

Motsoaledi said it was at that phase of the examination that authorities chose to "visit all sustenance handling destinations, nourishment bundling locales and sustenance creation locales where conceivable". "In addition, as a precaution, Pick n Pay branded chicken polony, manufactured by Rainbow, is also being withdrawn".

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A listeriosis outbreak in Soweto provided the breakthrough in tracing the bacterial outbreak.

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

Sunday's general health cautioning and the prepared to-eat meat recalls will probably start to contain the outbreak, yet the truth will surface eventually how rapidly that happens. "Recalled meat is being isolated and will be safely destroyed", Pick n Pay, which has 1,420 stores in South Africa, said in a statement.

Of great concern at the time was that of the hundreds of laboratory confirmed listeriosis cases, less than a quarter could be traced.

The reported claim that the Grahamstown case was a result of drinking contaminated water (Sarah Baartman News) has not been confirmed and was strongly denied by Kupelo.

RCL Foods said it suspended all production of its polony brand at the Wolwehoek processing plant, following the announcement by Motsoaledi.

People with compromised immune systems, like those with HIV, diabetes, cancer, chronic liver conditions or kidney disease, are at particular risk.

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