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UP study reveals some concerns regarding the levels of listeriosis-causing pathogen in beef production system

By Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Pretoria on 07 September 2023

A study by experts at the University of Pretoria into the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in beef and beef products at some abattoirs and retailers in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North-West provinces, has concerning results.

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Four years after the NICD linked Tiger Brands’ polony to the Listeria Outbreak

By Bill Marler on 27 May 2022

We are now beyond four years from the date that the NICD announced the association between Tiger Brands’ polony products and the outbreak, and the work done by all parties has only generated more evidence that the NICD’s and Tiger Brands’ c

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The fight against Listeria in frozen food

By Guest Author on 18 March 2020

Frozen food manufactures are addressing some unique food safety challenges, which the American Frozen Food Safety Institute (AFFI) is actively championing through research, education and best practices. Dr Sanjay Gummalla, AFFI’s Senior Vic

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The one year anniversary of the listeriosis outbreak

By Food Focus on 05 March 2019

This week we mark one year since the Department of Health confirmed they had identified the source of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa - the largest outbreak of listeriosis in the world to date.

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Two research projects shed light on Listeria

By Guest Author on 10 December 2018

Two recent research projects focusing on Listeria have helped boost understanding of the pathogen’s specific chemical and structural properties and improve food safety from farm to fork.

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Tiger Brands Doubts it will find the origin of Listeria Bacteria at Factories.

By Food Focus on 06 September 2018

The retail giant’s reputation has been shattered after it was found to be the source of the listeriosis bacteria in March this year.

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Media Statement by The Minister Health on Listeriosis Outbreak

By Food Focus on 03 September 2018

Media Statement by The Minister Health on Listeriosis Outbreak - which has now officially been declared as over.

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Woolworths recall rice mix due to listeria risk

By Bridget Day on 10 July 2018

Woolworths has issued a recall on their Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product, as a result of a global recall initiated by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency.

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Listeria Guidance & Best Practices in Produce Facilities

By Guest Author on 18 June 2018

Many processors and fresh-cut organizations are taking some of the learnings from the meat industry, realizing that pathogens such as Listeria don’t really discriminate between meat and produce. The learnings from our food “cousins” in the

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Listeria Prevention Presentation Pack

By Food Focus on 03 May 2018

View the listeria presentations and videos from our recent Listeria workshops - courtesy of all the amazing food industry professionals who gave of their time and expertise to support the industry in this crisis!

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Tiger Brands testing confirms the presence of listeria ST6 strain in their product

By Food Focus on 26 April 2018

Test results are conclusive: on 24 April, Tiger Brands announced to shareholders that they had received confirmation of the presence of LST6 in the samples from their Enterprise Polokwane processing facility, which had been sent for indepen

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SURVEY | Listeria Prevention Measures

By Food Focus on 24 April 2018

As we move forward from the 2018 Listeriosis Outbreak, what do YOU think is the most necessary measure that needs to be put in place to prevent similar outbreaks in the future? Give us your opinion.

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Listeria - What's in a Name Infographic

By Linda Jackson on 04 April 2018

Updated | We have all come to know Listeria on a first name basis during the last few months. But time has come to make sure there is clear understanding on who is who in this family and why this pathogen is so important

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Time for Some Listeria Hysteria!

By Guest Author on 29 March 2018

I'm not sure about you, but as a food safety professional (and a consumer), I have noted an increased number of reported Listeria incidents in recent years. What concerns me is the fact that it is popping up in new food categories that have

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This is now the definitive list of banned meat products

By Food Focus on 19 March 2018

A third Tiger Brands factory in Pretoria was closed after "very low levels of Listeria" were found in products, the packaged goods company said on Monday morning.

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Listeria for schools

By Debbie Brandt of Progress Excellence on 16 March 2018

There is a lot of information circulating on our televisions, radios and social media platforms regarding the Listeriosis outbreak and what you as a consumer should do to protect yourself and your family.

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Listeria information for students

By Linda Jackson on 16 March 2018

Listeria for students - What is your hygiene practice in your kitchen at res or digs

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Three major mistakes Tiger Brands made in response to the listeriosis crisis

By Guest Author on 16 March 2018

Tiger Brands, the South African food giant at the centre of the listeriosis storm engulfing the country, is facing serious brand erosion as a result of the way it handled the unfolding crisis.

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Scientists may have new weapon to fight Listeria

By Guest Author on 14 March 2018

Researchers from North Carolina State University have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence of Listeria, a bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and death.

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Food safety is OUR problem

By Linda Jackson on 12 March 2018

The last week has seen a record number of food safety articles in the press, on social media and all media channels. And it’s long overdue.It is always such a privilege to be able to provide comment on a story educating public on food safet

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