Public Alert no. 05/2018 – Contaminated Meat Products From South Africa
CONTAMINATED PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS PRODUCED BY ENTERPRISE CORPORATION AND RAINBOW CHICKEN LIMITED, SOUTH AFRICA
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) hereby alerts the public on the recent outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa. Listeriosis is a serious disease caused by the bacterium, Listerium monocytogenes.
As at 2nd March, 2018, nine hundred and forty eight (948) laboratory confirmed cases of Listeriosis were recorded with one hundred and eighty (180) deaths.
Laboratory investigation established that the source of the outbreak was confirmed as ready-to-eat processed meat products – polony, followed by Vienna sausages and other “cold meat” manufactured by Enterprise Corporation Food Facility and Rainbow Chicken Limited in Polokwane, South Africa.
The South African Minister of Health issued a Press Statement to confirm the source of the outbreak as processed meat products manufactured by Enterprise Corporation and Rainbow Chicken Limited. In addition, the Consumer Protection Act of South African issued a safety recall notices on 4th March, 2018 to manufacturers of these products. The safety recall includes the manufacturer’s entire distribution network, both domestic and international.
NAFDAC has strengthened surveillance to prevent importation of contaminated processed meat products produced by Enterprise Corporation and Rainbow Chicken Limited, South Africa. The Agency has also strengthened surveillance on wholesale and retail outlets to seize and sanction any organization in possession of meat products produced by these companies.
All importers are warned to desist from importing processed meat products produced by Enterprise Corporation and Rainbow Chicken Limited, South Africa.
Distributors, wholesalers and retailers in possession of meat products produced by these companies are to submit them to the nearest NAFDAC office.
Anybody with information on distribution and sale of these unwholesome meat products should contact the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLL FREE from all networks) or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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