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Good news out of South Africa; only one new listeriosis death

Listeria has sickened 1,049 and killed 209 since outbreak was declared in December 2017

Only one more listeriosis death in last two weeks is good news in S. AfricaT The fortnightly report by the Republic of South Africa’s Health Department is beginning to address recovery from the world worst listeriosis outbreak as the numbers of illnesses and deaths is finally settling down. The Health Department report, prepared by the… Continue Reading

Tiger Brands wants new standards and food safety group

After listeriosis outbreaks in North America in recent years, the responsible parties involved usually responded with promises on their own to enact more stringent standards. That’s definitely how Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods and Colorado’s Rocky Ford Cantaloupe Growers Association responded to deadly outbreaks. They acted on their own to make improvements. In South Africa, there’s… Continue Reading

Pace of new listeriosis cases and deaths slowing in South Africa

In the world’s largest recorded listeriosis outbreak, South Africa has added four more confirmed cases and four more deaths, the National Listeria Incident Management Team reports.  The team’s latest report brings the confirmed death toll in the outbreak to 208 out of 1,038 confirmed cases through May 22, 2018. The team was set up by… Continue Reading

Tiger Brands recall was costly for company but effective for country

The $29.2 million Tiger Brands spent to recall cold meat products associated with the world’s largest and most deadly listeriosis outbreak is not going to help the bottom line of South Africa’s largest food producer.   And while it’s not possible to stop a listeria outbreak “in its tracks”  because of the pathogen’s lengthy incubation… Continue Reading

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

Tiger Brands tells shareholders it found Listeria outbreak strain

Tiger Brands told shareholders Wednesday that its testing confirms the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) findings that the outbreak strain Listeria monocytogenes ST6 was present in its processed meat plant. That is the strain responsible for the largest listeriosis outbreak ever recorded with 1,119 confirmed cases and 199 deaths to date. “To Tiger Brands’… Continue Reading

South Africa sees listeriosis cases drop; ramps up prevention

When the world’s worst rampage of listeriosis was at its peak, more than 30 confirmed cases were added to the outbreak weekly. After South Africa’s health officials identified the source and recalled the product from the market, the number of new confirmed cases was cut in half. And during the first week of April, it… Continue Reading