Maputo — The Mozambican government’s National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) last week incinerated 55 tonnes of assorted types of processed meat from South Africa, valued at about 13 million meticais (about 210,000 US dollars)
INAE general inspector Acácio Foia confirmed the incineration at a Maputo press conference on Monday.
The products are chicken derivatives, such as polony, produced by the companies Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken, following an outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa.
The South African Health Ministry traced the outbreak to an Enterprise food facility in Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo province. The bacterium listeria, which causes the disease, has also been traced to a Rainbow Chicken facility in Free State province.
According to Acácio, the products were removed from the formal and informal market but there are still 40 tonnes of these processed meats still to be incinerated.