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Control of Listeria monocytogenes - guidance for the food industry
Food processors must follow an integrated approach in order to prevent proliferation of listeria in the final product. Stepwise effective pathogen control is needed at all stages in the food chain.
NICD media release - update on Listeria (12 Jan)
Johannesburg, 12 January 2018. As of 12 January 2018, a total of 748 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. Final outcome data are available for 160 of the patients, of whom 67 have died.
Further unpacking listeriosis - Food Focus speaks at the National Press Club media briefing
Food Focus addressed members of the press at the National Press Club media briefing, discussing the listeria outbreak and the role of the private sector
World Health Organisation 5 Keys to Safer Food
The Department of Health recommends adherence to the World Health Organisation's Five Keys to Safer Food in the fight against listeria in South Africa. You can view them here.
Multi-country outbreak of Listeria in the EU
South Africa is not the only country experiencing issues with Listeria monocytogenes. Europe has been experiencing a multi-country outbreak since 2015. Like us, they did whole genome sequencing to identify the strain, and like us theirs is an ST6 strain.
NICD Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (11 Jan)
Listeria outbreak deaths now reach 67, and the source has still not been identified.
Inspection of food processing facilities for listeria
Listeria outbreak -in the media briefing and subsequent press release by the DOH on Monday 8 January 2018 there were a number of issues which were pertinent for the food industry
Media statement by the Minister of Health - Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa
Media statement by the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi regarding the update on the Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa - now at 727 confirmed cases
Listeriosis flare-up now seen as worst documented outbreak in global history
With the total number of confirmed cases of listeriosis in South Africa up to 717, food scientists are now calling it the worst documented listeriosis outbreak in global history.
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (3 Jan)
As of 03 January 2018, a total of 717 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported since 01 January 2017. At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, so it is uncertain which food/s may be implicated. Cases of listeriosis will continue to be investigated.
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