ZAMBIA LIFTS BAN ON MEAT PRODUCTS IMPORTED FROM SOUTH AFRICA

LUSAKA– The Zambian government has lifted with immediate effect lifted the ban imposed on processed ready-to-eat meat products imported from South Africa.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said here Tuesday that food products from two South African companies — Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken, would, however, continue to be banned from entering Zambia.

He said the move followed laboratory investigations carried out on risky foods from South Africa and Zambia which revealed a lack of contamination of the bacterium which causes listeriosis, following an outbreak of the disease in South Africa.

He said the Health Ministry would continue to be vigilant in its surveillance of risky foods and carry out case-based surveillance.

Dr. Chilufya encouraged people to immediately seek medical attention should they experience symptoms associated with listeriosis such as fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhoea, and in more severe cases, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsion.

The Ministry of Health in South Africa has declared a listeriosis outbreak on Jan 1, 2018 with a total of 967 confirmed cases with 183 deaths in that country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK