South African agency 99.99 percent sure of Listeria source

South Africa’s public health officers say there is unequivocal evidence that polony from a Tiger Brands plant is to blame for the world’s largest ever Listeria outbreak, stopping just short of accusing some elected officials of spinning propaganda in the company’s favor.

A statement Tuesday from South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) did not mince words on the source of the outbreak, which includes 982 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases and 189 deaths. The NICD reported test results Tuesday that showed samples of finished product returned seven positives for the outbreak strain of the foodborne pathogen. 

“This means that the outbreak strain has been found inside the ready-to-eat processed meat products manufactured at Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane…

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