South Africa's neighbors halt meat imports on listeriosis fears

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Cold meat products are seen in a trolley after they were removed from the shelves of Pick n Pay Store in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 5, 2018.

However, he warned that products such as Viennas, Russians, Frankfurters, other sausages and cold meats not typically cooked could also be affected due to the risk of cross contamination.

Enterprise and Tiger suspended their ready-to-eat meat productions, after authorities ordered to recall its products from national and worldwide shops, while supermarket chains asked their clients to return the products and their money will be reimbursed. Listeria was also traced to a Rainbow chicken facility in the Free State, but further tests were needed as the sequence type was not yet known.

The company has suspended all production of RCL Foods' Rainbow Polony brand and is recalling all Rainbow Polony products despite the fact that test results of its polony product are still pending.

He said he had no prior knowledge of the extent of the contamination and was told to pull three of his products off the shelves as a result of the listerosis outbreak.

What have RCL and Tiger brands said?

Motsoaledi said the recent outbreak was traced to Enterprise's Polokwane facility.

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South Africa's Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the government had narrowed down the sources of the deadly listeriosis outbreak to the facility of a processed meat supplier in Germiston in the north of the country.

We are removing products that may be linked to the listeriosis outbreak from our stores.

MacDougall did confirm that a low level detection of the virus was found in Tiger Brands' products in February, which then prompted the decision to take "immediate precautionary measures" to reduce spreading of the virus.

Tests were done and it was found that they had listeriosis. As a company that prioritizes the health and safety of consumers above all else, we are committed to ensuring that all Enterprise products, as identified, will be recalled as part of the directive received. "It is devastating for me to have our products linked to this outbreak".

Food safety is of paramount importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food...

- Tiger Brands recalled Enterprise products.