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Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi clarifies the end of Listeriosis outbreak - Part 2

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi clarifies the end of Listeriosis outbreak - Part 2”

"Today's announcement means that ready-to-eat processed meat can now be safely consumed, as before the outbreak", he said. In March this year, the Minister held a press conference to inform the public that they would be recalling processed food from Rainbow Chicken and Enterprise Polokwane Factory after more than 16 environmental samples tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.

"The NICD (National institute for Communicable Disease) has shown us that there are between 60-80 cases of listeriosis every year in South Africa for the past five years", Motsoaledi said. "Government and private investigators have not been able to say what the source is", Motsoaledi said.

To date, R12 million was spent during the response period to deal with the Listeriosis outbreak.

South Africa's health minister declared an end to the listeriosis outbreak caused by ready-to-eat (RTE) deli meat.

"Therefore, the conclusion is that the outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa is over".

The Listeria outbreak strain sequence type 6 (ST6) was identified in patient isolates, in the polony, and the processing environment of Enterprise Foods. For the past three months, no new cases of listeria of the outbreak strain has been identified.

Officials said 5,812 tons of affected foods have been recalled and destroyed since March.

The health minister also addressed the recent allegations of "fake food" being sold by some food retailers in parts of the country, saying that his department has not yet received any evidence of this. This ongoing process is expected to continue into September 2018.

On 5 December, 30 people had already died and Motsoaledi announced a listeriosis outbreak.

"This will further strengthen the system to prevent and detect listeriosis outbreaks, including ongoing legislative reform regarding food safety".

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