Listeriosis crisis plunge the pork industry with 40% fall in producer prices

SOUTH AFRICA - The Listeriosis crisis has reportedly weighed down the country’s pork industry, producer prices having fallen 40%, resulting in rands accounted for losses by the pig farmers. The Listeriosis outbreak, claimed to have affected 945 patients and confirmed to have killed 176 people has led to the closure of several processing facilities including…

Rwanda ban on fruits from SA remains on issues around Listeria

RWANDA - Rwanda’s ban on fruits and other agric produce imported from South Africa remains standing until South Africa confirms that it has been able to control the listeriosis spread that has claimed 180 lives, report New Times. While Rwanda produces avocado, tree tomato, banana, passion fruits, mango, oranges, most of its apples are imported…

Neogen wins 2018 CFIA innovation trophy with its Listeria detection system

SCOTLAND – Neogen Corporation, which develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety, with its revolutionary Listeria Right Now environmental pathogen detection system has won the 2018 CFIA innovation trophy in the food industry technology. The CFIA (Carrefour des Fournisseurs de l’Industrie Agroalimentaire) is an annual agro-food industry supplier fair held in France…

New York raw milk cheese company ordered to stop manufacture and sales

NEW YORK - A New York raw milk cheese company whose products were linked to a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono), has been ordered by a federal court not to manufacture its ready-to-eat aged soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses until it complies with food safety regulations. The U.S. District Court for the Northern…

Listeriosis outbreaks shuts another Tiger Brands facility

SOUTH AFRICA - All products manufactured at Value Added Meat Product's (VAMP) Pretoria facility are being recalled by Tiger Brands‚ including the company’s Snax brand‚ as a precautionary measure‚ Tiger Brands said on Monday. Production at the plant will also be suspended. "This decision was taken as a result of the detection of Listeria monocytogenes at…

RCL’s Wolwehoek factory cleared of Listeria strain by a French lab

SOUTH AFRICA - RCL Foods has said that tests conducted by an independent laboratory in France showed the Wolwehoek polony plant was free of ST6 strain claimed to be the source of Listeriosis scare in the country. According to the company, the laboratory, considered to be a leading expert in the field tested the facility…

Namibia records its first fatal case of Listeriosis

NAMIBIA- Namibia has reported its first case of Listeriosis, a food safety concern that has swept across almost the entire meat industry chain in the neighboring South Africa. Namibia’s Health Minister, Bernard Haufiku gave the announcement to Namibia’s parliament saying that the victim was a 41-year-old man who succumbed to death after being hospitalized at…

Red meat industry body raises concerns about Listeriosis ‘misinformation’

SOUTH AFRICA - The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and its member organisations have raised concerns over the entire meat industry which has been associated with Listeriosis scare across the food chain. The forum which includes the SA Meat Processors Association (SAMPA) questioned the entire red meat value chain, marred with Listeria contamination that has…

Shares dip as Tiger Brands braces for class action lawsuit

SOUTH AFRICA - The share price of Tiger Brands dipped by more than 5% in early trade on Monday, before recovering to trade a touch over 3% down on news that South African listeriosis victims plan to file a class action case against the group. Richard Spoor, known in South Africa for his work for mineworkers…

Kenya bans importation of South Africa cold processed meat- Listeriosis scare

KENYA - Kenya has banned importation and sale of cold processed meat from South Africa, after South Africa’s listeriosis scare which has led to 180 deaths since the outbreak. Kepha Ombacho, the director of Public Health, has asked health officers in the counties and ports of entry to enforce the ban on meat and meat…