Eating ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer,’ study says

FRANCE - Consuming more highly processed foods proportionately increases the risk of cancer, a study has suggested. A team of researchers, led by a team based at Universite Sorbonne in Paris, France, examined the medical records and eating habits of over 100,000 adults and registered their typical intake of 3,300 different food items. The kinds…

Heineken launches partnership towards ending epidemics in Africa

AFRICA – The Global Fund, in conjunction with brewing giant Heineken have launched a new public-private partnership, joining forces to further advance the goal of ending HIV, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics in Africa. According to Heineken, it will lend its expertise in the areas of logistics and communications to support the Global Fund in better…

Listeriosis death toll rises to 82 as numbers expected to rise

SOUTH AFRICA - The national death toll for the listeriosis outbreak has risen to 82, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi revealed recently that there had been 67 deaths and 748 laboratory-confirmed cases. However, NICD official Dr Juno Thomas said new data showed the number had increased…

Listeriosis at SA food outlets ‘contained’: health specialists

SOUTH AFRICA - Environmental health practitioners in the City of Johannesburg assured residents that the Listeriosis strains, which were discovered at two food outlets on Friday, are contained. Samples have been taken to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) for testing. City of Joburg MMC for Health, Mpho Phalatse said they are still waiting for confirmation…

Industry lobby says SA food safe, despite Listeriosis outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - Amidst a listeriosis outbreak which has claimed the lives of more than 60 people in South Africa, the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA), representing the retail sector and food manufacturers, on Thursday moved to assure communities that food produced in the country was safe. “Our food is safe. Having worked in…

South Africa asks for calm as strain of Listeriosis found in food outlet

SOUTH AFRICA - Samples from a food outlet have been taken to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases to be tested for strains of listeria on Friday. Environmental health practitioners in the City of Joburg are attempting to uncover the potential source of the infection. Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Social…

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…