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Here is a list of foods to avoid (or return) during the Listeria Outbreak.

 

Listeriosis (or Listeria) is a serious, but treatable and preventable disease caused by the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes and is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water and vegetation. Furthermore, animal products and fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables can be contaminated from these sources.

Big retailers have already pulled the specific meats while Woolworths have issued a list of precautionary foods that they are recalling and refunding in preventative measures against the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.

In a statement released by Woolworths, the grocery store has issued a list of foods being recalled which are refundable should you take them back.

“Food safety is of paramount importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food seriously.

Woolworths has a team of food scientists and technologists who proactively manage food safety, in addition to our independent food safety testing and auditing, to prevent microbial contamination of food. This testing includes Listeria.

Following the recent announcement by the Department of Health on the source of the Listeriosis outbreak, and as an additional precautionary measure, we are recalling a limited number of viennas and cold meats.”

Motsoaledi said the recent outbreak was traced to Enterprise’s Polokwane facility. Lawrence MacDougall, Chief Executive Officer at Tiger Brands, said they had suspended operations at that facility and its Germiston facility. Listeria was also traced to a Rainbow chicken facility in the Free State, but further tests were needed as the sequence type was not yet known.

Motsoaledi announced that the disease was traced after several children presented with gastroenteritis in Soweto earlier in the week. Tests were done, and it was found that they had listeriosis.

Major retailers have recalled some ‘Enterprise and Rainbow’ food products following the announcement on listeriosis by government. In addition, all ready-to-eat products such as polony and Russian sausages manufactured at the Rainbow facility in Sasolburg were also being withdrawn.

Tiger Brands have also been updating consumers via their social media channels:

Woolworths, have as a precautionary measure listed products that they too would be recalling and refunding.

Customers who have any of the listed products, should return the products to their local store for a full refund:

  • WAFERTHIN CHARGRILLED HAM 125G
  • WAFERTHIN ROASTED CHICKEN 125G
  • WAFERTHIN SMOKED HAM 125G
  • WAFERTHIN COOKED HAM 125G
  • WAFERTHIN SMOKED CHICKEN 125G
  • 500G SMOKED VIENNAS
  • 1KG SMOKED VIENNAS
  • 500G RED VIENNAS
  • 1KG RED VIENNAS
  • 375g COCKTAIL VIENNAS
  • 125G SMOKED CHEESY VIENNAS
  • 400G BULK SALAMI STICKS
  • 150G SALAMI STICKS
  • 85G PLAIN SALAMI STICKS
  • 85G SPICY SALAMI STICKS
  • 60G PLAIN SALAMI BITES
  • 150G SPICY SALAMI STICKS
  • 85G CORIANDER SALAMI
  • 60G SPICY SALAMI BITES
  • 250G SMOKED AND ROASTED GAMMON
  • SLICED LEAN HAM 125G
  • SLICED COOKED HAM 250G
  • SLICED COOKED HAM 125G
  • 250G HAM SELECTION
  • 250G ASSORTED COLD MEAT
  • 200G SLICED SALAMI
  • 100G SALAMI
  • 100G GERMAN SALAMI
  • 100G SLICED PEPPERED SALAMI
  • LOCAL CHORIZO
  • 100G SPICY SALAMI
  • 125G COUNTRY HAM

Pick n Pay has also offered a full refund on all the following products:

  • Flu like illness with diarrhoea including fever, general body pains, vomiting and weakness.
  • Infection of the blood stream which is called septiceamia.
  • Meningoencephalitis (infection of the brain).

Individuals at high risk of developing severe disease include newborns, the elderly, pregnant women, persons with weak immunity such as HIV, diabetes, cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease.

According  to the Department of Health, the age groups that are most affected are neonates, that means the first 28 days of life (37%) and the age group between 15 to 49 years (33%). It states that The two groups comprise 70 per cent of all cases.

If you have any of these symptoms, please visit your doctor immediately.


Sources: Woolworths
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3 comments

  1. I want to know who is responsible for Listerosis tests? I had a 400g salami a couple of days before the listerosis outbreak. Latelu Ive been feeling week, listless and have pains on neck-ache like whiplash and did have a spell of gastro. Now I just want to sleep all the time and have no energy to do anything Im unemployed and would like to know how do I get tested?
    Are Enterprise reliable for my tests and all costs and can I sue them?
    Thankyou
    Regards
    Charles

  2. I want to know if Renown pork bangers is also a risk for listeriosis?
    I had purchased them just on the announcement of listerios and they are lying in my deep freeze not knowing what to do with it.

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