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March 28, 2018

Expert calls for co-operation in Listeriosis probe

A leading meat scientist warns the bacteria could have been introduced into factories from another source

“Helping hand”: EFF members invade a supermarket, claiming to be helping them throw away all Rainbow and Enterprise products following the findings on listeriosis. Picture: SUPPLIED

A leading meat scientist has urged the companies implicated in SA’s biggest recorded outbreak of listeriosis to collaborate in efforts to determine how their products became contaminated with deadly listeria bacteria.

More than 180 people have died in the outbreak since January 2017.

The outbreak was traced after scientists from the National Institute [...]

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March 8, 2018

Listeria outbreak: SA neighbours ban meat exports

Four countries in southern Africa on Monday took steps against South African chilled meat imports made at a factory found to be the origin of the world’s worst-ever listeria outbreak.

Mozambique and Namibia announced they were immediately suspending imports of the products. Botswana said it was recalling the items “with immediate effect”, while Zambia called on South African retail chains in its country to pull the incriminated goods from local shelves.

Since January 2017, 948 people in South Africa have contracted listeriosis – a disease caused by bacteria from soil, water, vegetation and animal faeces which can contaminate fresh food, notably [...]

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March 2, 2018

Panic after 900 cases of listeriosis recorded in SA

Listeriosis has caused panic among South Africans, in a country where it has killed over 160 people and made hundreds sick.

The latest statistics show that the listeriosis outbreak has now claimed 172 lives and 915 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases since January 1, 2017, they have said.

Just over 900 cases have been recorded in the country’s laboratories, and of the 164 people that it has killed, half are infants under the age of 1.

But health experts say while this misunderstood disease is a reality, they have cautioned that there is no need to panic as it is not an epidemic.

Dr Kgomotso [...]

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