The Limpopo Provincial Government is extremely concerned about the health hazard posed by the processed meat products found to be having traces of listeriosis.
On the 4th February 2018, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi warned consumers around the country to avoid consuming ready to eat processed meat products .The Minster ordered producers to shut down and recall all retail products from three meat processing plants from which strains of listeria had been linked to the current national outbreak. The health department found that Enterprise Foods’ biggest processing plant in Limpopo was the source of the present outbreak of listeria.
The Limpopo Provincial Government welcomes the announcement made by the Ministry .The provincial government is currently engaging stakeholders such as Department of Health, Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Polokwane Municipality, Business Community, Capricorn District Municipality and other stakeholders involved on this issue of listeria outbreak. Government environmental practitioners are hard at work with conduction of further test.
The provincial government will this afternoon have meetings with the producers and Chamber of Businesses to prepare a recall strategy and make further announcement to the public in due course.
The Premier of Limpopo Mr Chupu Mathabatha urge the public to comply with the announcement made by the Minister and stop consuming ready to eat processed food products such as polony ,viennas and chicken sausages.
Source: Government of South Africa