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Food Lover's Market group recalls products after listeriosis announcement

06 March 2018

He said the withdrawal and recall of all ready-to-eat meat products from retail stores would help contain the spread of the disease which has infected over 900 people resulting in about 180 deaths in South Africa.

The Food Lover's Market group says it has initiated an immediate nationwide recall of all Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken processed meats, following the announcement on the source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak.

Motsoaledi ordered both facilities to shut down and a recall of all retail products manufactured at three meat processing plants with strains of Listeria linked to the outbreak.

Malawi's Competition and Fair Trading Commission asked wholesalers and retailers to withdraw South Africa meat products from shelves.

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Customers were notified to return any Enterprise or Rainbow Chicken products bought at Food Lover's Market or Freshstop stores for a full refund, spokesperson Jean Harkett said in a statement on Tuesday. 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.

Motsoaledi noted that contamination of RTE processed meat products is a health risk and more than 10 percent of environmental samples collected by public health officials at the Wolwehoek facility tested positive for the pathogen.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi had said on Sunday the outbreak had been traced to a Tiger Brands factory in the northern city of Polokwane.

"The food served to over nine million learners daily as part of the NSNP is safe and excludes these types of meat products", the statement said. Rhodes Food, RCL Foods and Astral Foods each have less than 5 percent. "It is devastating for me to have our products linked to this outbreak".

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Shares in Tiger Brands sank as much as 13 percent, before recouping some losses to close 7.4 percent lower at 393.38 rand.

Dozens of customers lined up outside a Tiger Brands outlet with bags of cold meat products and demanding their money back.

"This outbreak consequently called for considerably more in-depth research", she said.

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Food Lover's Market group recalls products after listeriosis announcement