Anxiety as meat poisoning scare hits South Africa

Bryan Strickland
March 6, 2018

- Checkers called on consumers who bought any Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken processed meat products to return the products.

Enterprise said it would undertake a national recall of its ready-to-eat meat product range.

"It is not that we are incompetent, or that we have inadequate resources", Maja said when asked why it had taken more than a year to find the cause of listeria. In addition, all ready-to-eat products such as polony and Russian sausages manufactured at the Rainbow facility in Sasolburg were also being withdrawn.

He said he had no prior knowledge of the extent of the contamination and was told to pull three of his products off the shelves as a result of the listerosis outbreak. He said a plant owned by RCL Foods was being investigated.

It was found that these children had consumed polony at school, which was allegedly traced back to the Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Sunday they had traced the source of the Listeria outbreak, the worst in history, to a factory run by Enterprise Foods in Polokwane city, Limpopo province.

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What are your local supermarkets doing about products linked to listeriosis?

Tiger Brands advised consumers to remove any Enterprise ready-to-eat products from their fridges and place them in a plastic bag away from other products.

Parent company Tiger Brands has responded, saying it has not been provided with any evidence to show there is a direct link between the listeriosis deaths and the company's products.

At this point in time, MacDougall said he could not confirm what the financial implications to the group would be, but did say that "the cost of withdrawal (of products) out of all the market is at a high expense". Rhodes Food, RCL Foods and Astral Foods each have less than 5 percent. It added that no link has been made between its Wolwehoek facility and the outbreak.

South Africa's two largest supermarket chains, Shoprite and Pick n Pay, also pulled products made by Rainbow Chickens after Motsoaledi confirmed that listeriosis had been identified in samples taken from one of its facilities.

"We are committed to ensuring that all Enterprise products will be recalled". The products are also sold overseas - Zambia has demanded they be recalled there, too.

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