JOHANNESBURG - A study conducted by the Food Safety Research Group at the University of Pretoria has revealed that the threat of listeriosis still exists in South Africa, despite the outbreak being declared officially over last month by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
Four samples out of 116 sent back to be re-tested still possessed traces of the listeria strain, the research group informed the second International Conference for Food Safety and Security, held in Pretoria this week.
This comes after Motsoaledi informed the public in September that it is now safe to eat processed meats.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases reported in May that at least 204 people have died from listeria since January 2017.
Factories found to be the source of the listeria have now been re-opened. But the University of Pretoria has found a strain of the disease in food bought in rural areas and the informal sector. Courtesy #DStv403