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The fight against Listeria in frozen food

18 March 2020

Frozen food manufactures are addressing some unique food safety challenges, which the American Frozen Food Safety Institute (AFFI) is actively championing through research, education and best practices. Dr Sanjay Gummalla, AFFI’s Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs, tells

The one year anniversary of the listeriosis outbreak

05 March 2019

This week we mark one year since the Department of Health confirmed they had identified the source of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa - the largest outbreak of listeriosis in the world to date.

Two research projects shed light on Listeria

10 December 2018

Two recent research projects focusing on Listeria have helped boost understanding of the pathogen’s specific chemical and structural properties and improve food safety from farm to fork.

Tiger Brands Doubts it will find the origin of Listeria Bacteria at Factories.

06 September 2018

The retail giant’s reputation has been shattered after it was found to be the source of the listeriosis bacteria in March this year.

Media Statement by The Minister Health on Listeriosis Outbreak

03 September 2018

Media Statement by The Minister Health on Listeriosis Outbreak - which has now officially been declared as over.

Woolworths recall rice mix due to listeria risk

10 July 2018

Woolworths has issued a recall on their Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product, as a result of a global recall initiated by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency.

Listeriosis outbreak situation report 27 June

27 June 2018

Fewer than 5 cases per week have been reported for the last 4 weeks and Training of EHPs across the country is complete. 895 EHPs have been trained across all 9 provinces.

Listeria Guidance & Best Practices in Produce Facilities

18 June 2018

Many processors and fresh-cut organizations are taking some of the learnings from the meat industry, realizing that pathogens such as Listeria don’t really discriminate between meat and produce. The learnings from our food “cousins” in the meat industry regarding environmental Li

NICD Listeriosis Outbreak Situation Report 28 May 2018

02 June 2018

1 038 cases have been reported from 01 January 2017 to 22 May 2018. The number of new cases reported each week has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018 (Figure 1). There are currently 208 deaths resulting from the outbreak.

NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 14 May

15 May 2018

1 033 laboratory confirmed cases have been reported from 01 January 2017 to 10 May 2018, and there have been 204 deaths. The number of reported cases has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018

Listeriosis outbreak situation report 7 May

09 May 2018

The Incident Management Team has been busy with factory visits, ongoing surveillance & investigation of cases, motivations to obtain additional funding - and will continue with factory visits and training activities for EHPs this week (7-11 May).

Listeria Prevention Presentation Pack

03 May 2018

View the listeria presentations and videos from our recent Listeria workshops - courtesy of all the amazing food industry professionals who gave of their time and expertise to support the industry in this crisis!

Tiger Brands testing confirms the presence of listeria ST6 strain in their product

26 April 2018

Test results are conclusive: on 24 April, Tiger Brands announced to shareholders that they had received confirmation of the presence of LST6 in the samples from their Enterprise Polokwane processing facility, which had been sent for independent re-testing.

SURVEY | Listeria Prevention Measures

24 April 2018

As we move forward from the 2018 Listeriosis Outbreak, what do YOU think is the most necessary measure that needs to be put in place to prevent similar outbreaks in the future? Give us your opinion.

Listeria - What's in a Name Infographic

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

Time for Some Listeria Hysteria!

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

This is now the definitive list of banned meat products

19 March 2018

A third Tiger Brands factory in Pretoria was closed after "very low levels of Listeria" were found in products, the packaged goods company said on Monday morning.

Listeria for schools

16 March 2018

There is a lot of information circulating on our televisions, radios and social media platforms regarding the Listeriosis outbreak and what you as a consumer should do to protect yourself and your family.

Listeria information for students

16 March 2018

Listeria for students - What is your hygiene practice in your kitchen at res or digs

Three major mistakes Tiger Brands made in response to the listeriosis crisis

16 March 2018

Tiger Brands, the South African food giant at the centre of the listeriosis storm engulfing the country, is facing serious brand erosion as a result of the way it handled the unfolding crisis.

Scientists may have new weapon to fight Listeria

14 March 2018

Researchers from North Carolina State University have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence of Listeria, a bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and death.

Food safety is OUR problem

12 March 2018

The last week has seen a record number of food safety articles in the press, on social media and all media channels. And it’s long overdue.It is always such a privilege to be able to provide comment on a story educating public on food safety issues...

How to eradicate Listeria from your kitchen or small shop

11 March 2018

Useful document from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases on How to Eradicate Listeria From Your kitchen or Small Shop

Bill Marler on the Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa

11 March 2018

Bill Marler shared his insights with food industry professionals at the Food Focus listeria workshop in March 2018. We chatted with him about his visit to South Africa, the listeriosis outbreak and what this will mean for the food industry.

What Happened To Tiger Brands Could Have Happened To Any Business'

11 March 2018

"Tiger Brands are a responsible producer," says a South African hygiene and sanitation expert.

NICD Listeriosis Situation Report 8 March 2018

08 March 2018

967 cases and 183 deaths according to the latest situation report from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases. The damage has not yet run its course.

Media statement DOH: Source of Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

04 March 2018

Official media release from the DOH names the source of the present listeriosis outbreak as the Enterprise food-production facility in Polokwane. Additionally, preliminary results show that several ready-to-eat processed meat products from the Enterprise facility located in Germi

Listeria - don't relax now, the challenge is not over

04 March 2018

We may have discovered the source of the ST6 outbreak strain of Listeria - but the issue remains - food facilities need to up their game and address the risks in their facilities, because they are under the spotlight.

How to keep Listeria out of your Refrigerator

03 March 2018

You think you may have had products in your fridge which may have been be contaminated with listeria? So now what should you do? Here are some tips.

Keeping Listeria out of your production facility

15 February 2018

With the Listeriosis break out being a world record in terms of numbers reported, we as food professionals need to proactive. Ready to eat foods have been named as a high risk, but we should all be doing whatever we can to ensure we manage the risks in all facilities, to the bes

NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 14 Feb

14 February 2018

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

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.

NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 6 Feb

06 February 2018

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)

25 January 2018

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.

Listeria information for parents, teachers & preschools

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.

Sanitation in food processing environments - Listeria

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.

Press Release: The listeriosis outbreak and what government is doing

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.

7 Steps to prevent Listeria in Food Facilities

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)

Control of Listeria monocytogenes - guidance for the food industry

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.

NICD media release - update on Listeria (12 Jan)

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.

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

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

World Health Organisation 5 Keys to Safer Food

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.

Multi-country outbreak of Listeria in the EU

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.

Inspection of food processing facilities for listeria

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

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

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

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

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.

Press Release DOH: Origin of contaminated listeria food samples identified

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

Health department takes action on positive listeria results

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.

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (27 Dec)

28 December 2017

As of 27 December 2017, a total of 685 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. 61% of cases were reported from Gauteng Province, 13% from the Western Cape, and 7% from KwaZulu-Natal.

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (21 Dec)

22 December 2017

As of 21 December 2017, a total of 658 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017

Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (19 Dec)

19 December 2017

As of 19 Dec 2017, a total of 647 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 Jan 2017. Listeriosis is now a category 1 notifiable medical condition, and as such requires immediate reporting by the most rapid means available upon diagnosis

Listeriosis kills 5 in drought-stricken Western Cape

18 December 2017

Listeria has claimed five lives in the Western Cape, which is in the grips of a relentless drought, making the fight against the foodborne disease ever more challenging.

Listeria and the law – what you need to know

08 December 2017

Attorney Janusz Luterek, addresses questions on the legal implications of the listeria outbreak for the food industry

Listeria Factsheet

05 December 2017

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is reporting a very large outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa. Here are some facts that you should know.

Spike in Listeria infections in South Africa - why it matters

07 November 2017

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has received reports of a marked increase in the number of cases in South Africa in the last few months, mostly in Gauteng. The stats are now sitting at 190 confirmed cases across the country this year.

Listeria hysteria

15 May 2017

There was a great response to our recent article on Listeria. Needless to say it has been a very topical issue in the last two months. We have done a lot of research on how to eradicate the problem and have come across some great resources to share with you.

Listeria, what should I know?

03 April 2017

Over 80 years ago, L. monocytogenes was recognized as an animal pathogen that was widespread in nature, in soil, decaying vegetation and the bowels of many mammals. But in 1983 the first human outbreak was reported in Canada, proving that indirect transmission from animals to hu