Tiger Brands, RCL Foods issue product recalls amid South Africa listeria outbreak


The bologna-style meat, called polony, is being urgently recalled from shops in South Africa, the country's health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said. In addition, all ready-to-eat products such as polony and Russian sausages manufactured at the Rainbow facility in Sasolburg were also being withdrawn. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases warns that those most vulnerable to listeriosis include infants, immunocompromised adults, the elderly, pregnant women and people living with HIV. Further tests were done on different products at the plant, and the results showed that the listeria monocytogenes bacteria were isolated in 30% of the environmental tests.Other facilities in Germiston and Wolwehoek are suspected of also producing foods that contain the bacteria, and are being tested as well. Poor hygiene has been blamed as the cause of this bacteria in foods.

The Food Lover's Market group says it has initiated an immediate nationwide recall of all Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken processed meats, following the announcement on the source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak.

RCL Foods" Chief Legal Officer, Stephen Heath, said the board and management remain "deeply concerned' about the outbreak.

The department said: "We encourage teachers and parents to report to the nearest health care facility if learners present with diarrhoea, headache, neck stiffness, confusion, loss of balance and flu-like symptoms".

The outbreak, which has already claimed 180 lives, is set to become the worst documented in global history.

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Polony products can transfer listeria from their exterior packaging to frankfurters, other sausages and similarly processed products that are typically not cooked before eating, Motsoaledi said. Customers who bought any...

A Pick n Pay spokesman told TimesLive they would also be cleaning all their fridges to avoid cross-contamination.

"We have contacted all our customers to confirm that the recalled products are removed from their store shelves and will continue to work with authorities to ensure an effective and speedy recall", the company said. A few weeks ago the industry had to react to social media statements that listeriosis was found on apples in South Africa.

The recall is on both Enterprise and Rainbow products.

This story is developing.