Lis­te­rio­sis saga un­folds lo­cally

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

COLD meat prod­ucts are pil­ing up in su­per­mar­ket store­rooms as shelves have been emp­tied of all En­ter­prise and Rain­bow ranges.

Through­out the week con­sumers, af­ter hav­ing emp­tied their fridges and deep freez­ers of En­ter­prise and Rain­bow cold meat prod­ucts, were seen lin­ing up at their lo­cal su­per­mar­kets for a re­fund of their pur­chases.

De­spite Tiger Brands is­su­ing a na­tion­wide re­call on their En­ter­prise range af­ter its Polok­wane fa­cil­ity was con­firmed as the source of the lis­te­rio­sis out­break, CEO Lawrence MacDougall de­nied a link be­tween their prod­ucts and the 180 lis­te­rio­sis deaths.

‘There has been no di­rect cor­re­la­tion be­tween our prod­ucts and the deaths, so we are un­aware of any di­rect link.’

RCL Foods (Rain­bow Chicken Ltd) is await­ing con­fir­ma­tion from the Depart­ment of Health of the lis­te­rio­sis strain found at the Wol­we­hoek fa­cil­ity, but all polony prod­ucts have been re­called.

The Sho­prite Group said its House­brand, Rite Brand and Farm­ers Deli are not af­fected.

Bluff Meat Sup­ply said their pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties un­dergo rig­or­ous mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal test­ing but their fa­cil­i­ties have never tested pos­i­tive for Lis­te­ria mono­cy­to­genes.

To pro­vide an­swers to con­cerned mem­bers of the pub­lic, lead­ing food mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist and food safety spe­cial­ist, Pro­fes­sor Lu­cia Anelich has set up a web­site ded­i­cated to an­swer­ing lis­te­rio­sis-re­lated ques­tions.

Re­lieved that the source of the out­break had been iden­ti­fied, Anelich said, ‘To­gether with re­calls of polony and other pro­cessed meat, this will hope­fully bring an end to what I stated in early Jan­uary is the largest doc­u­mented lis­te­rio­sis out­break any­where in the world.’

The web­site, www.lis­te­rio­s­is­facts., an­swers ques­tions such as what is lis­te­rio­sis, who is at risk, what prod­ucts are af­fected and what should con­sumers do.

This is the largest doc­u­mented lis­te­rio­sis out­break any­where in the world

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.