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Try not to offer ready-to-eat meat 

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has blamed the outbreak of listeriosis squarely on Enterprise Food and Chicken retailers.

This takes after a declaration by Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motswoaledi that the source of the present flare-up is the Enterprise ready-to-eat meat product range from Limpopo and Germiston in Gauteng.

The flare-up has already claimed 180 lives.

The total number of infections remains at 915 countrywide since July 2017.

Tiger Brands Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Mac Dougall said in a statement on Sunday it has reached every one of its clients to remove items from the racks.

“Food safety remains the highest priority at Tiger Brands where we always place customers’ wellbeing and security to the exclusion of everything else,

Therefore we can confirm that with immediate effect undertaken a full national recall of the affected Enterprise ready-to-eat meat product range,” said Mac Dougall.

He said the company has suspended tasks at both Enterprise producing offices in Polokwane and Germiston, saying they have ended supply to exchange.

The EFF has called on the department of basic education to ensure that all the food being sold to students does not include processed meat products like polony.

EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement on Monday numerous lunch meals in our country incorporate these items which the Minister of Health views as dangerous for the spread of listeriosis.

“We further call on School Governing Bodies and Learner Representative Councils to force strict controls on what gets sold in schoolyards and close-by shops to students. We can’t stand to lose any life, this is an age that has liberated our land, it should live sufficiently long to see its true benefits,” said Ndlozi.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Minister Motsoaledi to investigate companies embroiled.

The DA also welcomes the subsequent move by National Consumer Commission to issue all the companies involved with safety recall notices.

The Commission also suspended the companies from exporting their goods

DA Shadow Minister of Health Patricia Kopane cautioned that people at high hazard incorporate pregnant women, neonates (initial 28 days of life) youthful babies, elderly people and individuals with the debilitated resistant framework because of HIV or TB contaminations.

“People, in general, should know which processed meats to throw away, and how to dispose of it, without making another wellbeing peril,” said Kopane.

Kopane added that since Polony is a clear guilty party, there is a danger of cross-pollution, and saying shoppers must keep away from processed nourishments and other arranged meat items, even from companies that are not being recalled.

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