JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe's health ministry has restricted the import of cold processed meat products from South Africa over the listeriosis outbreak.
Zimbabwe Health Ministry’s Gerald Gwinji said the country has tightened their food surveillance at the borders in terms of such products coming in from South Africa.
"We are still to establish the exact batches that are involved. We have alerted our border posts to look out for such products.
"We encourage customers as they go out there to pay particular attention to the foods from this particular company that I have mentioned", he said.
A number of Southern African countries have banned imports of processed meat from South Africa due to the deadly listeriosis outbreak.
The move comes after traces of listeriosis were found at Enterprise Foods' factories and at Rainbow Chicken in what has become the world’s worst-ever listeria outbreak.
At least 170 people have already died, mostly in Gauteng.
Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana have all announced they are halting imports of the food items.
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Mozambique Agriculture Ministry spokesperson Florencia Cipriano told reporters on Monday that officials were working with importers to halt the flow of South African chilled meat products.
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Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia's High Commissioner to Pretoria, called on South African supermarket chains operating in his country to pull the incriminated goods from the shelves.
"Chain stores should emulate measures put in place by the South African government," he said in a statement.
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Meanwhile, Botswana said it was recalling the items “with immediate effect.”
*Additional reporting AFP