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Listeria information for parents, teachers & preschools
With back to school in full swing and the listeriosis outbreak still continuing, there is a lot of misinformation out there that can spread panic. So here is some practical information to help parents, teachers and preschools.
Sanitation in food processing environments - Listeria
Sanitation is a duel process that consists of cleaning protocols, followed by disinfection. During the cleaning process detergents are used to remove all physical matter and organic compounds, this ensures optimal, unhindered disinfection.
Press Release: The listeriosis outbreak and what government is doing
The NICD does surveillance for all communicable disease across South Africa, including Listeria. The NICD works closely with the National Department of Health, and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on outbreak investigations.
NICD Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (16 Jan)
As of 16 January 2018, a total of 767 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been
reported to NICD. Of these there have been a total of 81 deaths.
7 Steps to prevent Listeria in Food Facilities
7 Steps that food processors and the agri sector should take to prevent (and eliminate) Listeria in Food Facilities address the spread of listeria, Mr Mooketsa Ramasodi (DAFF)
Control of Listeria monocytogenes - guidance for the food industry
Food processors must follow an integrated approach in order to prevent proliferation of listeria in the final product. Stepwise effective pathogen control is needed at all stages in the food chain.
NICD media release - update on Listeria (12 Jan)
Johannesburg, 12 January 2018. As of 12 January 2018, a total of 748 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. Final outcome data are available for 160 of the patients, of whom 67 have died.
Further unpacking listeriosis - Food Focus speaks at the National Press Club media briefing
Food Focus addressed members of the press at the National Press Club media briefing, discussing the listeria outbreak and the role of the private sector
World Health Organisation 5 Keys to Safer Food
The Department of Health recommends adherence to the World Health Organisation's Five Keys to Safer Food in the fight against listeria in South Africa. You can view them here.
Multi-country outbreak of Listeria in the EU
South Africa is not the only country experiencing issues with Listeria monocytogenes. Europe has been experiencing a multi-country outbreak since 2015. Like us, they did whole genome sequencing to identify the strain, and like us theirs is an ST6 strain.
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