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NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 14 Feb
With cooperation from all the provinces, the NICD is able to provide us with outcome data on over 68% of reported listeriosis cases. As of 14 Feb 2018, there are 872 laboratory-confirmed cases of which 164 (27%) have resulted in death.
Food grade lubricants – an unlikely source of listeria
Listeria is quite versatile in using different types of nutrients. In nature it grows equally well on decaying plant matter or in an animal gut. In the food factory, even food grade lubricants can allow the survival and even growth of microorganisms, including Listeria.
NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 6 Feb
The outbreak continues, with 32 additional cases recorded since the last update (25 Jan). Outcome data is now available for 42% (355/852) of cases, of which 30% (107/355) died. The source of the outbreak is still not known.
NICD Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (25 Jan)
53 additional cases of listeriosis recorded since 17 January 2018 - yet the source of the outbreak is still not known. EHPs are systematically inspecting and sampling of meat & poultry production, processing, and packaging facilities.
Webinar Listeria and the Law 23 Jan
South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak has now topped the charts as the largest outbreak in history. So we once again chatted with our resident Legal Eagle, Janusz Luterek on the legal aspects of this for the food industry.
Listeria information for parents, teachers & preschools
With back to school in full swing and the listeriosis outbreak still continuing, there is a lot of misinformation out there that can spread panic. So here is some practical information to help parents, teachers and preschools.
Sanitation in food processing environments - Listeria
Sanitation is a duel process that consists of cleaning protocols, followed by disinfection. During the cleaning process detergents are used to remove all physical matter and organic compounds, this ensures optimal, unhindered disinfection.
Press Release: The listeriosis outbreak and what government is doing
The NICD does surveillance for all communicable disease across South Africa, including Listeria. The NICD works closely with the National Department of Health, and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on outbreak investigations.
NICD Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (16 Jan)
As of 16 January 2018, a total of 767 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been
reported to NICD. Of these there have been a total of 81 deaths.
7 Steps to prevent Listeria in Food Facilities
7 Steps that food processors and the agri sector should take to prevent (and eliminate) Listeria in Food Facilities address the spread of listeria, Mr Mooketsa Ramasodi (DAFF)
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