JOHANNESBURG– The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa in which 180 people have died since January 2017 as the largest ever recorded globally.
At least six countries in the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region have now confirmed their decision to suspend imports of processed meats from South Africa. Zimbabwe is the latest to do so after Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia announced their decision earlier.
South African retailers Pick ‘n Pay and Shoprite-Checkers say they have offered full refunds on some food products which have been identified as the sources of the contaminated products behind the outbreak of the disease.
The Food Lover’s Market group says it has also offered a full refund to customers who bought the Enterprise or Rainbow brand chicken products or Freshstop stores.
Meanwhile, Tiger Brands chief executive officer Lawrence MacDougall says the company has not yet applied its mind to how it will restore consumer confidence following the outbreak linked to the Enterprise brand products produced by Tiger Brands.
Our first priority is to protect the consumer and make sure we get the product that is potentially contaminated back into our hands and out of the hands of the consumer, before it’s consumed. We think, it’s the right thing to do right now. We are thinking about the consumer, their health and their safety, that’s our immediate priority, not the re-establishment of the brand at this point.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK