23 listeriosis cases reported in the Cape

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has announced that there are 87 new laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis in the country. Oddly enough, health officials are not alarmed. Of the 87 new cases, 23 have been confirmed in Cape Town. Twenty-one deaths have also been reported in the new wave[…]

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Woolworths issues listeriosis-linked recall on rice product

Retailer Woolworths has recalled it’s Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product following a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency in a global listeria outbreak. The retailer says the move is “purely as a precautionary measure.” In a statement, Woolworths said: “Food safety is of critical importance to[…]

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Tiger Brands may not find how deadly bacteria entered its plant

Tiger Brands [JSE:TBS] may never know how a strain of bacteria linked by the government to the world’s deadliest outbreak of listeriosis entered its factory. Africa’s largest listed packaged-food maker has spent the past three months testing and cleaning the Enterprise processed-meat plant in the northeast of the country that[…]

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Listeriosis death toll upped by six to 189

The National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) has amended the number of lives claimed by the listeriosis outbreak to 189 – six more than what was originally reported. Based on the final data available, the NICD has determined that 189 out of 678 cases of listeriosis have resulted in death.[…]

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Tiger Brands should be criminally charged: activist

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) plan to launch a class action case against food giant Tiger Brands for the company’s alleged involvement in the Listeriosis crisis. The Department of Health identified that an Enterprise food production facility in Polokwane, Limpopo, as the source of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.[…]

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Government will support listeria litigation: Motsoaledi

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi blasted private laboratories for delaying providing data about the listeriosis outbreak. Almost a thousand cases of listeriosis were reported in the country. Motsoaledi said government would support any community intending court action over the world’s largest listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since December. “Those[…]

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Listeriosis update: WCED ensures safety at schools

As awareness campaigns increase in various sectors around the source of the listeriosis outbreak, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has assured communities that it has taken the necessary steps to prevent the further spread of the disease. On Sunday, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that Tiger[…]

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