Listeriosis Outbreak Officially Over - Motsoaledi

South Africa: Listeriosis Outbreak Officially Over - Motsoaledi

South Africa: Listeriosis Outbreak Officially Over - Motsoaledi

Health officials finally confirmed the outbreak strain source-a RTE processed meat plant owned by Tiger Brands (the Enterprise Foods Polokwane production facility).

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases also identified listeria at RCL's Rainbow Foods, resulting in a recall of all ready-to-eat processed meat products from the facility.

"We should be mindful of the fact that the listeriosis outbreak should have never happened in the first place", Fawu said.

Listeriosis, a serious, but treatable and preventable disease is caused by the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes.

The Minister said that at the beginning of the outbreak scientists said that it would be hard to find the source but they managed to trace it.

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A recall in the United Kingdom is expected to follow as there are a total of 209,000 European models potentially affected. There has been one reported case of a vehicle emitting smoke, but no injuries were reported, he said Wednesday.

Motsoaledi said to prevent another outbreak of listeria‚ food safety laws have been updated and 900 health inspectors (environmental health inspectors) have been re-trained in taking samples from food factories.

He said counterfeit goods were an imitation of the original product, while fake foods have been used on social media to refer to products that contain substances such as plastic.

"This means for the past three months no new case of listeria of the outbreak strain has been identified and over the last two months the incident rate of laboratory-confirmed listeria cases has dropped to the pre-outbreak levels" said Motsoaledi. Early investigation should detect outbreaks faster and identify affected foods quicker.

According to the World Health Organisation, this outbreak was the largest recorded globally to date.

South Africa's health minister declared an end to the listeriosis outbreak caused by ready-to-eat (RTE) deli meat. This support by WHO is in line with worldwide health regulations. "Government and private investigators have not been able to say what the source is", Motsoaledi said.

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