The environmental health practitioners (EHPs) were informed and on the same day visited the crèche, and obtained samples from two unrelated polony brands (manufactured by Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL) respectively) and submitted these to the laboratory for testing.
Pick n Pay and Shoprite on Sunday said they would withdraw Enterprise and Rainbow food products following an announcement on listeriosis by government.
Motsoaledi said South Africa "can now conclude scientifically that the source of the present outbreak is the Enterprise Food production facility located in Polokwane".
RCL Foods chief legal officer Stephen Heath said the company was recalling its polony products even though test results were still pending.
"As we were tracing the polony that these kids have ingested, it pointed to the production site in Polokwane".
Its own tests had found "low detection of a strain of listeria in some products" Tiger Brands said. but had not yet confirmed the ST6 strain. "Also, over 10% of environmental samples collected by the EHPs at this facility have tested positive for L. Monocytogenes". This is because Listeria on the exterior casing (packaging) of polony can be transferred to other products it comes into contact with, including viennas, russians, frankfurters, other sausages, and other "cold meat" products that are typically not cooked before eating. These are an Enterprise facility in Germiston on the East Rand, and a Rainbow chicken facility in the Free State.
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In January 2017, Davidson was reported missing after telling his supervisor he was sick, and then disappearing from school. The school resource officer on duty was at the nearby middle school when the episode began, Chief Cason said.
National Consumer Commission deputy commissioner Thenzi Mabuza said "companies would have to come up with a plan on how they would recall all products which they must present on Monday morning".
The retailer said all fridges and food preparation areas in our stores would be re-cleaned to prevent any cross-contamination. At a Spar in Newtown and a Pick n Pay in Witpoortjie, products belonging to the two brands implicated were still on the shelves.
In 2017, 557 cases were reported across all nine provinces, with 62 percent from Gauteng. The ST6 sequence type was confirmed on all three isolates on Saturday 27th January.
At this time, Grocott's Mail can not confirm an outbreak of listeriosis in Grahamstown. Keeping them among other products could cause cross contamination.
"We have been actively engaging the department of health and the NICD [National Institute for Communicable Diseases] on our findings and have openly collaborated with the health department and the NICD on these findings and the actions taken to date to actively address our findings", said Tiger Brands spokesperson Nevashnee Naicker. Of these 948, a total 659 patients have been traced and 180 of them have unfortunately died. "The recall of these products does not mean that members of the public must now relax and stop following food safety rules", said Motsoaledi.
The Health Minister reiterated his call for high risk people such as pregnant women, very young infants, elderly persons and anyone with a weakened immune system due to HIV and cancer to completely avoid all processed meats. "In the meantime, we reaffirm our commitment to recall the identified Enterprise products as soon as possible".