EGYPT LIFTS BAN ON SA FOOD IM­PORTS

The Mercury - - METRO -

THE sus­pen­sion of South African agri­cul­tural im­ports to Egypt has been lifted, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the Egyp­tian em­bassy in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day.

How­ever, the Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties have re­quested that the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries take the nec­es­sary ac­tion to en­sure that fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles ex­ported to Egypt are free of the Lis­te­ria bac­te­ria that causes lis­te­rio­sis. At the beginning of the month, the Egyp­tian au­thor­i­ties sus­pended the im­ports fol­low­ing warn­ings by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Egypt’s de­ci­sion to lift the re­stric­tions fol­low Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi’s an­nounce­ment last week that the lis­te­rio­sis out­break was over.

Mot­soaledi also said leg­isla­tive mea­sures would be im­ple­mented to pre­vent fur­ther out­breaks.

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