Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

S/Africa's listeriosis "outbreak is over" - Minister

S/Africa's listeriosis

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the country's listeriosis outbreak is officially over.

He said no new cases of the disease had been reported in three months.

The Department of Environmental Affairs confirms that 5,812 tons of food have been recalled and destroyed since early March 2018.

"Therefore, the conclusion is that the outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa is over".

Listeriosis is a serious, yet treatable and preventable disease caused by the bacterium, listeria monocytogenes, which can be found in soil, water and vegetation. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The government announced on December 5 past year that the country was hit by a listeriosis outbreak that was later traced to two food-processing factories in the country, prompting a recall of 5,812 tonnes of affected food stuffs.

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Consumers are being advised to continue taking food safety precautions, especially when consuming cold meats and other ready-to-eat meat products.

He said that the department has alerted municipalities to conduct inspections on fake food.

"No cases of listeria, due to the outbreak strain, have been identified since the first week of June 2018", the minister said.

According to the World Health Organisation, this outbreak was the largest recorded globally to date.

South Africa's food safety laws have been revamped. This support by WHO is in line with global health regulations.

Motsoaledo also said that despite concerted efforts and investigations into the matter, no one can pinpoint where the Listeriosis came from. However, everyone is encouraged to practice good hand hygiene, safe food temperatures, cooking food thoroughly, and keeping raw and cooked foods separate.

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