Polony and products from the Enterprise factory in Polokwane‚ Limpopo‚ are the source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeria.
The announcement was made public by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Sunday afternoon. More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.
Avoid all processed meats products that are sold as ready to eat. – Aaron Motsoaledi
A Rainbow Chicken factory in Wolwerhoek in Sasolburg also tested positive for listeria monocytogenes – but it was not the strain causing this current outbreak.
More facilities are being tested to see if they contributed to the outbreak.
Shoprite has already started removing all ready-to eat-processed meat products produced by Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken from its perishable departments and delicatessens.
It is also advised that consumers who stored recalled products should disinfect their fridges with diluted bleach.