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 of a Listeria outbreak in Europe. Woolworths, which operates a premium food retail offering, stand-alone food stores and “Food Stops” said its product was sourced from Belgium and contained frozen sweetcorn from the Greenyard Factory.…

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Tiger Brands plans expansion into North Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – The packaged goods company, Tiger Brands is eying expansion into North Africa, outside its home market South Africa. According to a Bloomberg report, plan to expand outside SA, its biggest market was hampered by the listeriosis outbreak in the past months, claimed to have originated from one of its meat processing facilities. Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview, Tiger Brands Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Mac Dougall said the company wants to ensure the situation at home is under control before it ventures elsewhere. The listeriosis menace began…

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Tanzania lifts ban on some meat products from South Africa

TANZANIA – Tanzania has formally lifted the ban on meat product imports from some specific processing facilities in South Africa following the outbreak of listeriosis declared in the country by the Minister of Health early last year. A statement from the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) however indicated that imports from some factories associated with the outbreak of the deadly disease will not be allowed to export their meat products to Tanzania. Those exempted include Enterprises Food Polokwane (ZA 33), Enterprise Foods Germiston (ZA 126) and RCL Foods Consumer-Chicken…

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Tiger Brands makes changes to its executive after costly Listeriosis

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African packaged goods company, Tiger Brands has announced changes to its executive leadership following a listeriosis outbreak that is reported to have cost it close to US$29 million, reported Business Day. The company said Yokesh Maharaj would join the group from early July as chief growth officer for exports and international division as well as snacks, treats and beverages under the consumer brands division. Before the appointment, Maharaj was Africa’s Managing Director for Distell and he previously spent 17 years at South African Breweries as…

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Tiger Brands to open Enterprise polony factory by end of 2018

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African packaged good company, Tiger Brands has told their shareholders that the opening of the Enterprise polony factory in Polokwane is set to be by the end of this year. However, the group said though production at the site is expected to start by October 2018, its opening would depend on calculations of losses incurred as a result of the deadly listeriosis fright, according to Business Report. Tiger Brands said that although no signs of listeria contamination have been shown by the testing done, the…

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Tiger Brands’ half year earnings drop 16% on Listeriosis outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA – Half year earnings for the Africa’s biggest packaged-food producer, Tiger Brands dropped by 16% following the outbreak of the ‘world’s worst’ listeriosis outbreak reported to have cost it US$29 million. The deadly listeriosis outbreak which has killed 200 people since early 2017 was linked to one of its meat processing facilities leading to a recall of its cold meat products including polony meat and eventual suspension of production at four of its South African plants. “Recall from our own manufacturing facilities, from customers and consumers is all…

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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 one pork processing facility in KwaZulu-Natal and other food processors, RCL’s Wolwehoek polony plant. Fin24 reports that the KwaZulu-Natal facility employs an estimated 2,000 people and these will have their jobs lost after the department…

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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 from South Africa. According to Beatrice Uwumuremyi, Head of Regulation at the Ministry of Agriculture, most Rwandan stalls in supermarkets and common markets will remain rare of apples until the South African government confirms that…

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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 that showcases the latest developments in food industry technology. Neogen’s innovative Listeria Right Now test system detects Listeria in environmental samples in less than 60 minutes, without the need for enrichment. “It’s an honor to…

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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 District of New York entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Vulto Creamery LLC (Walton, N.Y.) and its owner and manager Johannes “Jos” H. Vulto on March 30, 2018. According to US Food and…

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