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Media statement DOH: Source of Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa
Official media release from the DOH names the source of the present listeriosis outbreak as the Enterprise food-production facility in Polokwane. Additionally, preliminary results show that several ready-to-eat processed meat products from the Enterprise facility located in Germi
Listeria - don't relax now, the challenge is not over
We may have discovered the source of the ST6 outbreak strain of Listeria - but the issue remains - food facilities need to up their game and address the risks in their facilities, because they are under the spotlight.
How to keep Listeria out of your Refrigerator
You think you may have had products in your fridge which may have been be contaminated with listeria? So now what should you do? Here are some tips.
NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 27 Feb
A total of 945 cases have been reported since 1 January 2017, with 30 additional cases recorded since the last update (20 February 2018) and a total of 176 deaths. The NICD has issued guidance to particularly high risk foods which should be avoided.
NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 20 Feb
With cooperation from all the provinces, the NICD is able to provide us with outcome data on over 67% of reported listeriosis cases. As of 20 Feb 2018, there are 915 laboratory-confirmed cases of which 172 (28%) have resulted in death.
Keeping Listeria out of your production facility
With the Listeriosis break out being a world record in terms of numbers reported, we as food professionals need to proactive. Ready to eat foods have been named as a high risk, but we should all be doing whatever we can to ensure we manage the risks in all facilities, to the bes
NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 14 Feb
With cooperation from all the provinces, the NICD is able to provide us with outcome data on over 68% of reported listeriosis cases. As of 14 Feb 2018, there are 872 laboratory-confirmed cases of which 164 (27%) have resulted in death.
Food grade lubricants – an unlikely source of listeria
Listeria is quite versatile in using different types of nutrients. In nature it grows equally well on decaying plant matter or in an animal gut. In the food factory, even food grade lubricants can allow the survival and even growth of microorganisms, including Listeria.
NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 6 Feb
The outbreak continues, with 32 additional cases recorded since the last update (25 Jan). Outcome data is now available for 42% (355/852) of cases, of which 30% (107/355) died. The source of the outbreak is still not known.
NICD Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (25 Jan)
53 additional cases of listeriosis recorded since 17 January 2018 - yet the source of the outbreak is still not known. EHPs are systematically inspecting and sampling of meat & poultry production, processing, and packaging facilities.
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