Latest updates on SA’s deadly listeria outbreak
The catastrophic listeriosis outbreak is on a marked downswing, but cases and deaths are still being reported. As of May 14, 2018, a total of 1,033 cases and 204 deaths from all provinces across the country were reported by the NICD since January 1, 2017. Included below is a link to several expert talks made at FoodFocus’ recent listeria workshops.
Click to view historic and latest updates on the outbreak, and much more…..
Listeria has serious health implications but likewise it is a serious legal threat to your business https://t.co/qx4m1FzkoD— J F Luterek, Pr.Eng (@CPA_Lawyer) May 10, 2018
03 May 2018
02 May 2018
One of the primary reactions to the current Listeriosis outbreak has been to clean, clean, clean… and rightly so. But given the effort and expense it takes to clean, it is essential that cleaning is undertaken in the correct way to ensure the maximum benefit.
Acknowledgement that listeriosis outbreak came from its factory earns praise from Bill Marler, leading US-based food safety attorney.
Today’s Listeriosis news wrap: Govt points fingers at meat firms; cases breach 1,000; epidemic declines and hygienic design courses
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday that the companies which produce processed meat have the resourced labs to test products and should be held responsible for the listeriosis outbreak.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says it is concerned about recent developments and statements, supposedly released as facts into the public domain, about the listeriosis outbreak. Here is its full statement…
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) announced on Thursday [29 March] that the death toll in the listeriosis outbreak has climbed to 189 – up six deaths from its last update.
Today’s Listeriosis news wrap: Free advice for Tiger Brands’s CEO who now says sorry, damning regulatory gaps, slamming opportunistic advertising
In addition to the cost of closing factories, including its Pretoria plant now, and recalling products, the food producer also faces class-action lawsuits…
How is it that the food company’s rivals, like AVI, don’t seem to always find themselves in the dock for apparently breaking the rules, asks Business Day editor, Rob Rose, in this scathing editorial?
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.
The fallout from the listeriosis outbreak continues – here’s an agglomeration of many articles, Tweets and links published over the past few days….
Bill Marler, renowned American food safety expert and litigator, shared two presentations with food industry professionals at the Food Focus listeria workshop on March 8, 2018. FoodFocus chatted with him about his visit to South Africa, his thoughts on the listeriosis outbreak and what this will mean for the food industry.
South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date. The Conversation Africa’s health editor, Candice Bailey, spoke to Prof Lise Korsten about the challenges around food safety in the country.
Leading this collation of stories gathered from SA media and Twitter is the Financial Mail’s questioning this: Motsoaledi says the source has been found, but Tiger Brands’ test results show ‘low levels’ of environmental listeria: who’s to be believed?
As the listeriosis story has moved up the ladder from low rung to hysteria, there has been little heard from those most affected – the victims and their families. Consumer journalist, Wendy Knowler put this to rights this week, giving a slice of the human pain in this tragedy, with an interview of two families…
“When you’re in the food business, how can anything possibly outweigh killing your customers?” Today’s top listeriosis news stories
EDITORIAL: BizNew.com’s Alec Hogg writes today….
Tiger Brands is embroiled in a scandal which makes its debilitating bread cartel shock of 2007 look like a picnic. On Sunday afternoon, South Africa’s Department of Health said 180 people had died from Listeriosis. It has definitively linked the bacteria to products made at Tiger’s meat processing factory in Polokwane.
Tiger Brands CEO, Lawrence MacDougall, says there is no direct link at this moment between the deaths of 180 people infected with the listeriosis outbreak and the products from its Enterprise subsidiary.
Yesterday’s announcement uncovering the culprit, at least one of them, behind SA’s tragic listeriosis outbreak has seen a flood of informative and interesting reaction on Twitter….
Polony and products from an Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane‚ Limpopo‚ are a source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeria, while RTE products from a RCL facility are also under scrutiny. Enterprise is part of Tiger Brands which last year booked R2.2bn in its ‘value-added meat products’ division.
- Outcome at the end of hospitalisation is known for an additional 18 cases, bringing the total with known outcome to 635/945 (67%) patients. 176 (19%) patients are known to have died.
- At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, although progress is being made in each area of the investigations listed below.
13 February 2018
The lack of knowledge on the source of the Listeria outbreak in South Africa is ‘of concern’ but a ‘strong lead’ – between human cases and a food item with laboratory results pending – is being investigated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
13 February 2018
As the death count in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak rises, Canadian researchers are isolating bacteria from the microbiome of exotic foods to try to develop a solution.
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (3 Jan)
Source of listeriosis outbreak not confirmed (NICD)
Health department takes action on positive listeria results
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa
If you missed our webinar with Legal Eagle, Janusz Luterek, discussing the legal ramifications of listeria, you can watch the replay here. Read more
The media channels have been flooded with the disturbing news of the Listeria outbreak. We took the opportunity to chat to Janusz Luterek, Attorney-at-law about the legal implications of this outbreak. Read more
Johannesburg – The City of Johannesburg says it has activated outbreak response teams across the city to “help educate the public” on preventing the spread of listeriosis, a disease that has thus far claimed over 30 lives. Read more
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. Read more
There is currently a very large outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa. According to the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD), over 550 cases reported since the start of 2017. (Dec 2017) Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Listeria, what should I know?
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 humans. Read more