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NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 6 April

By Food Focus on 06 April 2018

999 cases and 191 deaths as at 6 April. Those are the latest figures from the NICD in South Africa's listeriosis outbreak. That is an additional 37 laboratory-confirmed cases since the recall on 04 March 2018. Of these 37 cases, 19 have been interviewed so far. Thirteen of the 19

Listeria - What's in a Name Infographic

By Linda Jackson on 04 April 2018

Updated | We have all come to know Listeria on a first name basis during the last few months. But time has come to make sure there is clear understanding on who is who in this family and why this pathogen is so important

Statement Regarding the Source of the Listeriosis Outbreak

By Food Focus on 03 April 2018

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is concerned about recent developments and statements supposedly released as facts into the public domain about the listeriosis outbreak, and has published this statement to offer clarification.

Time for Some Listeria Hysteria!

By Jack van der Sanden on 29 March 2018

I'm not sure about you, but as a food safety professional (and a consumer), I have noted an increased number of reported Listeria incidents in recent years. What concerns me is the fact that it is popping up in new food categories that have traditionally not been implicated - mak

NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 29 March

By Food Focus on 29 March 2018

982 cases and 189 deaths | 23 more laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported since the recall on 04 March 2018. Of those interviewed, ten had consumed implicated food products and two had direct contact with recalled food products. All exposures occurred prior to the recall.

Listeriosis: Health, DAFF and DTI admits primary source of outbreak still unknown

By Food Focus on 28 March 2018

The Departments of Health (DoH); Trade and Industry (DTI) and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have admitted to Parliament today that the primary source of the Listeriosis outbreak is still unknown.

Whole Genome Sequencing results of Listeria monocytogenes found at Rainbow Foods’ Wolwehoek production facility

By Food Focus on 28 March 2018

The Ministry of Health confirms that the result of laboratory tests done on environmental samples collected from RCL Foods’ Wolwehoek production facility showed Listeria monocytogenes, but not the ST6 outbreak strain which has caused 91% of the human cases during the outbreak.

Recalls, emotions and customer requirements

By Rika Le Roux Kemp on 27 March 2018

In some situations in life we have a fight or flight reaction - even in business and our professional life. And then there is the Listeriosis saga in our industry. Interesting times. We want to protect our end consumer and brand name at nearly all costs... so we recall.

Free Advice to a Food Company CEO during a Listeria Outbreak

By Bill Marler on 23 March 2018

Imagine that the phone call comes or an email pops into your inbox – “Sir, we have been contacted by the health authorities and they say our product (polony) has been linked to illnesses and deaths. What do we do?”

Minister of Health responds to RCL Foods Limited claims

By Food Focus on 22 March 2018

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has noted the statement released by Rainbow Chicken Limited regarding the results of their independent laboratory investigation, and wishes to respond as follows:

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