PRETORIA– Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa has assured South Africans that all food products contaminated with bacteria causing t Listeriosis will be safely disposed of.
She expressed a concern the recall of the food products had caused some panic with people throwing their food products into their normal domestic waste bins, and this ended up in municipal landfills.
This took place before the announcements from outlets that food products could be brought into the various outlets across the country.
As we know, with the high levels of waste-picking in the country, we could have waste pickers accessing the contaminated food if this food ends up in waste disposal facilities accessible to this group of vulnerable people, Molewa said Sunday.
Molewa announced that she has put in place measures to deal with the disposal of contaminated waste.
The measures are: The contaminated waste may be accepted for treatment at a licensed incineration, non-burn or co-processing facility, or may be accepted for disposal at a Class A landfill, which are specially designed and engineered for acceptance of hazardous waste and are not accessible for waste picking;
and any condition of the respective waste management licence of the receiving facility that may prohibit receipt of such waste will be suspended until such time as all of this waste has been treated and/or disposed of.
The Minister said these measures will ensure that there is enough capacity in the country to dispose of the infected waste in a timely manner, and remove the possibility of the infected waste being accessed through waste picking activities.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK