Contaminated sausages cause panic in South Africa

Contaminated sausages cause panic in South Africa

The minister also told South Africans not to consume ready-to-eat processed meat across the board due to the risk of cross-contamination.

MacDougall told reporters that Tiger Brands exceeded the DoH request and recalled all of its products, "in the interest and safety of the consumer", however, he said that Tiger Brands can not take responsibility for the deaths of the 180 people, until such time that a direct link is confirmed. Of that total, 180 case patients have died which represents a 27 percent fatality rate. "A recent member-survey about facilities and products tested confirmed this", he said in a statement.

He said he had no prior knowledge of the extent of the contamination and was told to pull three of his products off the shelves as a result of the listerosis outbreak.

RCL Foods, formerly known as Rainbow Chickens, saw its share price see-saw following the announcement.

Motsoaledi said the disease was traced after several children presented with gastroenteritis in Soweto.

South Africa said on Monday producers of cold meat products were to blame for delays in tracing the cause of the world's worst listeria outbreak, which has killed 180 people in the past year.

Media in South Africa reported that hundreds of customers had flocked the factories and stores suspected of being the source of the listeriosis infection, returning goods they had already purchased and demanding refunds.




Tiger Brands is holding a press briefing after the company 's processed meat products were identified as a source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak.

We have removed all Enterprise processed cold meats and Rainbow chicken polony from our fridges and deli's and returned...

Both companies say they have not yet quantified the cost of the national recall of their products.

Zambia's health minister Chitalu Chilufya said the ban would also include dairy products, vegetables and fruits. Mozambique and Namibia halted imports of the processed meat items and Botswana said it was recalling them. "I would rather go back to peanut butter and jam".

"This outbreak consequently called for considerably more in-depth research", she said.

"The big hit is going to come with inventory write-offs because they are recalling all these products". It is also recalling all of its polony brands.

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