EGYPT LIFTS BAN ON SA FOOD IMPORTS
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.