Tiger Brands reopens Enterprise polony facility as Listeria fight fades

SOUTH AFRICA - Packaged goods company, Tiger Brands has reopened its ready-to-eat meat processing facility, Enterprise Foods in Germiston, months after two of its factories were shut down on listeriosis outbreak. According to Business Day, the company said it is likely to open its other facility in Polokwane once it completes refurbishments as well as…

Clover’s annual profit more than triples after a US$29m impairment in DFSA

SOUTH AFRICA - Clover Industries has reported that normalized annual profit more than tripled following the exit from the dairy business, Dairy Farmers of SA (DFSA) in which it recorded US$29 million impairment relating to a revolving credit loan given to the subsidiary. Normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS) rose to 206.9 cents for the…

Greenyard reopens Hungarian facility after finding root cause of Listeria

BELGIUM – Greenyard, one of the largest suppliers of fruit and vegetables in the world, has announced the restart of production in its Hungarian facility, after it conducted an in-depth review and found the Listeria root cause. According to the company, Greenyard has found a persistent presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one of the freezing…

Health Minister declares listeriosis officially over, manufacturers to produce cold meat

SOUTH AFRICA - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that the country’s listeriosis outbreak, the worst ever in the world is officially over and that manufacturers across the country can now produce cold meat products. According to Business Day, the government has withdrawn advice against consuming ready-to-eat processed meat products and the Enterprise factory in…

Neogen’s one-hour listeria test kit Listeria Right Now receives AOAC approval

USA - Neogen’s environmental pathogen detection system, Listeria Right Now has received official approval from AOAC, an internationally recognized scientific association. It is a complete system for taking environmental Listeria tests with molecular-level accuracy that requires no enrichment, so there’s no need for processors to grow bacteria cultures on-site. Validated by AOAC and NSF International,…

Tiger Brands full-year profit fall by 37% after Listeriosis outbreak aftermath

SOUTH AFRICA - Tiger Brands Ltd., a South African packaged goods company, has said that its full-year profit fell as much as 37% after one of its plants was blamed for South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak. According to Bloomberg, the company shares dropped by 9.8%, the most since March 5, the day after the South African…

UAE recalls frozen vegetables and fruit linked to listeria outbreak

ASIA- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) will withdraw frozen vegetables and fruit products following a warning issued by the European Union on possible outbreak of listeriosis. The products were produced by Greenyard Frozen Company, a Belgium-based fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables firm. The nine items on…

New York based food processors halts food production on food safety violations

USA - New York food processors, Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza who jointly own a food processing facility have agreed to stop food preparation operations due to a possible Listeria contamination at the facility. A statement by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said since the facility’s food preparation areas were contaminated…

Greenyard reports US$35 million listeria-related product recall impact

BELGIUM - Belgian food company, Greenyard has reported that the first estimate on the financial impact from its recall of frozen products, potentially linked to an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeria in Europe, was estimated at US$35 million after insurance. According to Reuters, the company’s shares have fallen 38 percent since local media reports…

Woolworth recalls frozen rice as precaution amidst listeria outbreak in Europe

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa-based multinational retail company, Woolworths Holdings Limited has recalled a frozen savory rice mix as part of a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency (HFSA) following listeria outbreak in Europe, according to Reuters. The recall comes after one of Woolworths suppliers was identified as the likely source…