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Largest Listeria outbreak ever coming under control; 204 dead

The world’s largest listeriosis epidemic is now under control because meat products from Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken have been recalled, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the South African Parliament earlier this week. “Since the recall, we have had fewer than five cases a week in the past five weeks compared to 40 a week before… Continue Reading

Almost 1 in 3 are fatalities in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak

The deadly South African listeriosis outbreak now has a stunning 28.6 percent fatality rate, according to the latest report by the National Listeria Incident Management Team (IMT). The new IMT report says 200 of 1,024 confirmed cases of Listeria resulted in the deaths of the victims. The outbreak is slowing down, but it’s not over…. Continue Reading

Victims file suit in listeria outbreak; more illnesses expected

South Africa's elected officials play blame game; WHO urges countries to step up food safety

As the World Health Organization told countries around the world this week to make listeriosis a reportable disease because of the ongoing crisis in South Africa, outbreak victims and their families filed a class action suit against the producers of processed meats that have tested positive Listeria monocytogenes. Meanwhile, corporate officials for Tiger Brands and… Continue Reading

WHO urges 16 countries to join in fight against deadly outbreak

The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts among 16 African countries in an attempt to contain the world’s largest ever Listeria outbreak as officials in Namibia try to discern whether a sick person in that country contracted listeriosis from processed meat imported from South Africa. In another development this week, officials in Mozambique reported they… Continue Reading

Australia, S. Africa post high fatality rates in Listeria outbreaks

The Australian and South African listeriosis outbreaks have one thing in common — fatality rates as high as 26 to 28 percent. Health officials in Victoria, Australia, late last week announced the death of a man in his 80s as the fifth fatality in the country’s listeriosis outbreak. Two others who lost their lives from… Continue Reading

Scientists may have new weapon to fight Listeria

Researchers from North Carolina State University have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence of Listeria, a bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and death. News of the discovery comes during an ongoing listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has sickened 1,000 and killed 180. The World Health Organization reports… Continue Reading

Dominos are falling in world’s largest listeriosis outbreak

The World Health Organization reiterated Monday that South Africa’s ongoing foodborne illness outbreak is the largest listeriosis outbreak ever recorded globally. Health officials in South Africa on Sunday named a ready-to-eat meat product known as “polony” produced by Tiger’s Enterprise Food as the likely cause of the outbreak’s nearly 1,000 cases and 180 deaths. The… Continue Reading

Listeria finding prompts recall of apples from Michigan grower

UPDATED: A spokeswoman for Jack Brown Produce says only whole, fresh apples are included in the recall. No sliced or chopped apples are implicated. A Michigan grower is urging consumers to check apples in their homes and immediately discard them if their packaging has specific codes that identify apples recalled today because of possible Listeria monocytogenes… Continue Reading