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.

Motsoaledi was answering questions in Parliament about the management of the listeriosis outbreak. 

“What we found in the Enterprise laboratory in Polokwane is not acceptable,” said Motsoaledi. Responding to a question about government’s responsibility in the outbreak, he explained that the department had done its best in workshopping environmental care practitioners or health inspectors from municipalities.

However, municipalities are limited in their capacity to out-manoeuvre big companies….. Read more

Western Cape ranks second among new #listeriosis cases – IOL

17 April 2018

The number of listeriosis cases continues to decline, but Western Cape is ranked second among the number of new #listeriosis cases being reported.

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NICD situation update on listeriosis outbreak, South Africa 13 April –

16 April 2018

1,011 cases and 193 deaths | The number of listeriosis cases rises – breaking the thousand mark. But the epidemic curve is moving downward, a trend which we hope to see continue.

Two more people die of #Listeriosis – IOL

14 April 2018

While cases continue to decline, it is expected that some new outbreak-related cases could still be reported

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More than 400 newborn babies infected with listeriosis: NICD – News24

10 April 2018

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported that 412 of the 973 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases are babies less than 28 days old.

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Listeriosis outbreak: Tiger Brands opposes applications for class action – eNCA

10 April 2018

Tiger Brands and its subsidiary Enterprise Foods are respondents in a proposed case over the outbreak.

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Listeriosis outbreak: Tiger Brands to challenge lawsuit – eNCA

10 April 2018

Tiger Brands and its subsidiary Enterprise Foods are respondents in a proposed case over the outbreak.

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Pork industry in crisis thanks to #listeria fears t

Impact of food safety compliance on growth of food and beverage business –

We have, of late, experienced an alarmingly high number of food safety-related incidents, both in South Africa and globally. Re-establishing trust in the food safety industry, in manufacturers, and regulators is more necessary than ever. With a consistent approach to quality standards across geographies, and a genuine concern for developing a safety-centric culture for consumers, this is indeed possible.

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Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations –

Food safety expert, Dr Lucia Anelich, says the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has shown the urgent need for appropriate microbiological regulations for processed meats.

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Listeria – Hygienic Design Courses

Hygienic design is one of the important tools which we have in the control of Listeria monocytogenes.  

To assist processors Andrew Murray Consulting is reintroducing a short course – one that it has been presenting and updating over the past ten years. 

In the latest update, the emphasis will be on the design of facilities for the processing of low acid foods, and designs required to combat Listeria and other pathogens.

“Of course, hygienic design remains important in assisting us limit the environmental foot print of our industry – so that we can continue to control Listeria and other pathogens and spoilage organisms without the use of more energy, water and chemicals,” comments Andrew Murray.

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Course dates:

Johannesburg: 29-30 May 2018                              

Cape Town: 5-6 June 2018