South Africa: Listeriosis Scare – 3 500 Tons of Polony and Cold Meat Returned So Far
Tiger Brands had recalled 3 500 tons of its Enterprise ready-to-eat, chilled meat products by Monday.
This, as it awaits the outcome of a report it commissioned on why the ST6 strain of listeria was found at its Polokwane facility, its spokesperson said on Wednesday.
“The first recall went extremely well,” Nevashnee Naicker said of the company’s “no receipt required” policy, which it used to get customers to return affected products, including polony, viennas, salami and other cold meats.
On March 4, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said at least 180 people had died from listeriosis from January 1, 2017 to March 2, 2018, and there were 948 confirmed cases.
He said an investigation had traced the ST6 strain of the listeria bacteria, believed to be causing the deaths, to the company’s factory in the Limpopo capital.