The catastrophic listeriosis outbreak is all but over, but it’s still in the news. As of June 21, 2018, a total of 1,053 cases and 212 deaths from all provinces across the country were reported by the NICD since January 1, 2017. Here are historic and latest updates and news on the outbreak, and much more…..
So now we know what South Africa’s not-fit-for-consumption polony is good for – cement-making.
Tiger Brands wants the government to establish a new food safety and hygiene standard, as well as a food safety council, said its CEO, Lawrence MacDougall…..
South Africa’s processed meat industry has shed about 2000 jobs while bleeding R800 million monthly as safety concerns following the outbreak of listeriosis sent the prices and demand for ready-to-eat meats tumbling.
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.
03 May 2018
The team at FoodFocus.co.za recently hosted Listeria workshops, as did SAAFoST. They say the events added much value to the delegates, and after being inundated with requests for the presentations and videos, they’ve now made most of them available, FREE!
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.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases is dropping: as of 24 April 2018, a total of 1 024 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017, and 200 deaths have been confirmed.
Acknowledgement that listeriosis outbreak came from its factory earns praise from Bill Marler, leading US-based food safety attorney.
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.
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.
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…
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.
A total of 945 cases have been reported since 1 January 2017, with 30 additional cases recorded since the last update (20 February 2018).
- 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.
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.
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.
South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak has now topped the charts as the largest outbreak in history. So we once again chatted with our resident Legal Eagle, Janusz Luterek on the legal aspects of this for the food industry.
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.
As of 16 January 2018, a total of 767 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD. Of these there have been a total of 81 deaths.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa (3 Jan)
As of 03 January 2018, a total of 717 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported since 01 January 2017. At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, so it is uncertain which food/s may be implicated. Cases of listeriosis will continue to be investigated. Read more
Source of listeriosis outbreak not confirmed (NICD)
The listeriosis outbreak in South Africa is ongoing. At present, the source of the outbreak is not known, so it is uncertain which food/s may be implicated. Cases of listeriosis will continue to be investigated, with trace back and further investigation of any positive food/enviromental… Read more
Health department takes action on positive listeria results
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. Read more
Press Release DOH: Origin of contaminated listeria food samples identified
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 Pretoria… Read more
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa
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. Read more
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa
As of 21 December 2017, a total of 658 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. Read more
Situation Report on Listeriosis Outbreak, South Africa
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. Read more
Listeriosis kills 5 in drought-stricken Western Cape
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. Read more
Webinar Listeria and the Law
If you missed our webinar with Legal Eagle, Janusz Luterek, discussing the legal ramifications of listeria, you can watch the replay here. Read more
Listeria and the law – what you need to know
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
City of JHB outbreak response teams to help battle listeriosis
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
Listeria Outbreak South Africa Dec 2017
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
Spike in Listeria infections in South Africa – why it matters
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