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Food grade lubricants – an unlikely source of listeria

By Linda Jackson on 13 February 2018

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.

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Sanitary Design of Food Equipment

By Guest Author on 12 February 2018

Have you ever asked yourself: How do I clean this equipment? How did this equipment get here? Does my boss know how much time it takes to clean and sanitize this equipment properly? Do engineers understand the food safety risk?

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Biocides in Cleaning and Disinfection

By Food Focus on 05 February 2018

This guidance from The Chilled Food Association focuses on the responsible and effective use of biocides in cleaning and disinfection especially of food equipment and other food contact surfaces. Cleaning and disinfection is carried out primarily to control pathogens.

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Practical Considerations in the Management of Listeria Edition 1

By Food Focus on 05 February 2018

This guidance from the Chilled Food Association provides pointers for the practical management of Listeria monocytogenes, both in its prevention of entry to a factory and in dealing with its establishment, thereby minimising risk to the consumer and to your business.

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The Independent Meat Inspection Scheme

By Food Focus on 25 January 2018

What is the Independent Meat Inspection Scheme?

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Listeria information for parents, teachers & preschools

By Linda Jackson on 22 January 2018

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.

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Sanitation in food processing environments - Listeria

By Guest Author on 21 January 2018

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.

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Press Release: The listeriosis outbreak and what government is doing

By Food Focus on 18 January 2018

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.

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7 Steps to prevent Listeria in Food Facilities

By Bridget Day on 16 January 2018

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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Control of Listeria monocytogenes - guidance for the food industry

By Guest Author on 15 January 2018

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.

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NICD media release - update on Listeria (12 Jan)

By Food Focus on 13 January 2018

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.

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Further unpacking listeriosis - Food Focus speaks at the National Press Club media briefing

By Food Focus on 12 January 2018

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

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World Health Organisation 5 Keys to Safer Food

By Bridget Day on 12 January 2018

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.

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Multi-country outbreak of Listeria in the EU

By Food Focus on 11 January 2018

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.

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Inspection of food processing facilities for listeria

By Bridget Day on 10 January 2018

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

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Media statement by the Minister of Health - Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

By Food Focus on 08 January 2018

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

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Listeriosis flare-up now seen as worst documented outbreak in global history

By Guest Author on 07 January 2018

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.

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Press Release DOH: Origin of contaminated listeria food samples identified

By Food Focus on 30 December 2017

Gauteng Health calls on the public and private sector to cooperate with Environmental Health Officers in contact tracing following affirmative food samples from a positive Listeriosis patient. “The origin of the contaminated food samples has been traced to a shop located in Pret

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Health department takes action on positive listeria results

By Linda Jackson on 30 December 2017

Nearly a month after Aaron Motsoaledi, the South African Minister of Health, formally announced to the country that we were in the throes of a listeriosis outbreak, we have finally has a further announcement from the department of health.

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Webinar | Listeria and the Law

By Food Focus on 08 December 2017

If you missed our webinar with Legal Eagle, Janusz Luterek, discussing the legal ramifications of listeria, you can watch the replay here.

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