Sovereign Foods abattoir back in operation after listeriosis scare

SOUTH AFRICA - Sovereign Foods’ poultry abattoir in Hartbeespoort is back in operation following its closure on December 22 by the government to control the spread of listeria. Sovereign issued a media release on Tuesday morning quoting Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi saying: "At this juncture, we cannot conclude that the abattoir is the source of…

Poultry Association meets over South Africa’s listeria outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - Officials from the SA Poultry Association (Sapa) and the departments of agriculture and health are today expected to meet in Pretoria to discuss ways to mitigate the listeria scourge, which has so far claimed 61 scalps in the country. This as the poultry industry is still reeling from the devastating effects of…

Zambian authorities shut down restaurants over disease scare

ZAMBIA — Zambia has shut three of South African retailer Shoprite’s Hungry Lion fast-food restaurants after their food tested positive for the bacterium that causes cholera, a government minister said yesterday. Zambia is struggling to contain an outbreak of the disease, which has killed 51 people and made more than 2 000 others sick in…

Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar and cancer

BELGIUM - A nine-year joint research project conducted by VIB, KU Leuven and VUB has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research. Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer,…

Bird flu costs RCL Foods nearly US$2m

SOUTH AFRICA - One of South Africa’s largest food producers RCL Foods on Wednesday said that it had suffered R26m (US$1.96m) in losses from culling chickens due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. “(Avian influenza) has recently been detected at the company’s Heuningdal breeder farm in the Western Cape, situated between Malmesbury and…