Tiger Brands, Shoprite remove listeriosis products

Kristen Gonzales
March 6, 2018

Zambia banned imports of South African processed meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit.

A worker looks at empty shelves after removing processed meat products at a Pick n Pay Store in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 5, 2018.

Enterprise and Tiger suspended their ready-to-eat meat productions, after authorities ordered to recall its products from national and worldwide shops, while supermarket chains asked their clients to return the products and their money will be reimbursed. The outbreak was finally traced after infecting people for more than a year. Further tests were done on different products at the plant, and the results showed that the listeria monocytogenes bacteria were isolated in 30% of the environmental tests.Other facilities in Germiston and Wolwehoek are suspected of also producing foods that contain the bacteria, and are being tested as well.

African government to recall cold and meat products supplied by the firm.

It was unacceptable that major food suppliers with high profile brands allowed such lapses in food safety controls, she said in a statement.

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

On Sunday, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said Enterprise polony from a Polokwane food facility was found to be the source of the fatal outbreak, which caused about 180 deaths.

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The United Nations had previously said that South Africa's listeriosis outbreak is believed to be the largest-ever worldwide.

A key concern is that this outbreak started in a manufacturing facility owned by a large listed company, Tiger Brands (Pty) Ltd which has a good record of food manufacturing safety to date.

"This is because Listeria on the exterior casing (packaging) of polony can be transferred to other products it comes into contact with, including viennas, russians, frankfurters, other sausages, and other "cold meat" products that are typically not cooked before eating", he said.

"We are being extra cautious and vigilant, we are recalling all products made from the two facilities" and added that the government had only ordered the company to withdraw three product lines.

"I lost trust with Enterprise. That's most likely where they will lose because the inventory write-off will affect operating profit from that division", Seeraj said.

The company was also recalling all its polony brands.

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