Processed food manufacturers Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL) have been issued with safety recall notices following the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.
According to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, the Enterprise food production facility in Polokwane in Limpopo had been identified as the source of the current listeriosis outbreak.
As of March 2, the total number of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases rose to 948 since January 2017. Of the 948, a total of 659 patients were traced and 180 of them died – a 27 percent fatality rate.
“In our constant search for the source of the outbreak and the treatment of people who are affected, a team from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has interviewed 109 ill people to obtain details about foods they had eaten in the month before falling ill. Ninety-three (85 percent) reported eating ready to eat (RTE) processed meat products, of which polony was the most common, followed by viennas/sausages, and then other ‘cold meats’,” Motsoaledi said.
Enterprise and Rainbow supplied a very broad range of retailers across South Africa. All Enterprise products, including the Bokkie, Renown, Lifestyle, and Mieliekip brands were already recalled by the company.
All ready-to-eat products manufactured at the Rainbow facility in Sasolburg are also being withdrawn.