Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has ordered South African retail chain stores operating in the country to recall ready-to-eat meat products imported from that country following expert confirmation that the products were a source of Listeria bacteria.
And South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced the recall of ready to eat meat products from retail chain stores nationally after science experts traced the bacteria to Enterprise Food Production plant located in Polokwane.
In a statement, Mwamba announced that most cold meats that are stocked by retail chains were supplied by a company called Enterprise Food whose meat production was from Polokwane and Germiston.
He said the withdrawal and recall of all ready-to-eat meat products from retail stores would help contain the spread of the disease which has infected over 900 people resulting in about 180 deaths in South Africa.
Mwamba said the chain stores should emulate measures put in place by the South
African government to recall cold and meat products supplied by the firm.
The Zambian Mission in Pretoria recently requested the South African government to put precautionary health measures in place to ensure that all the country’s food exports to Zambia were free of the food borne disease.
South Africa is Zambia’s second largest trading partner following a number of South African business entities operating in Zambia.