Polony and products from an Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane‚ Limpopo‚ are the source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeria, Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced on Sunday.
More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6, the minister said.
The results from the factory were confirmed at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
“Avoid all processed meat products that are sold as ready to eat‚” said Motsoaledi. He told pregnant women to avoid any processed meat “like the plague”.
The minister said the National Consumer Commission has issued the manufacturer involved with food recall notices.
The outbreak infected almost 1 000 people and caused about 180 deaths.
Motsoaledi said that people at risk such as pregnant women‚ those with HIV and weakened immune systems should avoid all ready-to-eat products such as viennas‚ polony and frankfurters.
Source: Newcastle Advertiser