According to health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi the origin of the listeriosis outbreak has been traced to polony from the Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane, he revealed this on Sunday.
The virus has already killed about 180 known persons and over 900 cases already reported,
He urged South Africans, especially the pregnant, ill and elderly, to steer clear not only of polony, but Russians, Viennas and other processed meat.
Tiger Brands, on behalf of its Enterprise Foods Division Will be Recalling All Affected Products Following The #Listeriosis outbreak
“As a company that prioritises the health and safety of consumers above all else, we are committed to ensuring that all Enterprise products, as identified, will be recalled as part of the directive received. We are working very closely with the officials at present to conduct the process and will provide updates to the public on this matter,” Nevashnee Naicker said in a statement (Tiger Brands spokesperson).
“The company proactively amplified its testing for listeria and can confirm that we had found a low detection of a strain of listeria in some products on 14 February but the presence of the ST6 strain [the outbreak strain] has not been confirmed by our tests.
“The company has furthermore sent its samples to an external laboratory to test for the strain itself and should receive the results tomorrow [Monday].”
“We await confirmation of the strain testing to confirm the strain. In the meantime, we reaffirm our commitment to recall the identified Enterprise products as soon as possible.”