Ekurhuleni municipality warns residents to avoid read-to-eat meat products over listeriosis

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JOHANNESBURG, March 6 – The local government in the Ekurhuleni municipality on Tuesday urged residents to avoid all ready-to-eat meat products after the health minister said at the weekend an outbreak of listeriosis which has killed some 180 people had been traced back to these foods.

The city of Ekurhuleni said laboratory tests since last November had confirmed 22 cases of listeriosis in Ekurhuleni comprising of 10 adults and 12 four-week-old and younger infants.

Food giant Tiger Brands said on Monday it was immediately recalling its Enterprise ready-to-eat chilled processed meat product range after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi identified it over the weekend as the source of the outbreak.

“While Enterprise has committed to recalling all affected products, pregnant women, new-born babies, elderly people and anyone with a weakened immune system are strongly advised to stay clear of all processed food products,” Ekurhuleni said.

– African News Agency (ANA)