“The source of the present outbreak can be confirmed to be Enterprise food production facility in Polokwane,” said Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Sunday, 4 March.
Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs), together with the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), and officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have visited the food production in Polokwane.
“While we know that Polony is definitely implicated, there is a risk of cross-contamination of other ready-to-eat processed meat products, either at production, distribution or retail. We advise members of the public to avoid all processed meat products that are sold as ready-to-eat,” said the Minister. Processed meat products such as polony, viennas, Russians, frankfurters, sausages and cold meat products were listed as no go zones by the Minister.
The cause of the outbreak strain ST6 was confirmed in 16 environmental samples collected from the Enterprise Facility. Gauteng is still leading the pack with the number of Listeriosis cases at 60%, followed by 13% in the Western Cape and 7 % in Kwazulu Natal and others sporadically spread out across the country. Meanwhile Pick n Pay this statement on Social media, “We are removing products that may be linked to the Listeriosis outbreak from our stores.
Customers who bought any Enterprise product (including Bokkie, Renown, Lifestyle, Miliekip), or any Rainbow ready-to-eat products e.g. Polony or Russians can return the product for a full refund”.