South African products are still banned in Rwanda after listeriosis – because the SA government hasn’t done the pap…


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  • Rwanda banned a range of South African products – including the 2.4 tonnes of beef it previously imported every month – after listeria deaths.
  • French apples have now replaced South African apples on Rwandan supermarket shelves.
  • The ban is easy to reverse, but the SA government has not provided the paperwork Rwanda requires.

South Africa’s scientists might have pinpointed the cause of the listeriosis outbreak that started six months ago, but Rwanda is persisting with its ban on SA fresh produce – because the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) is dragging its feet on the paperwork.

South African fruit, dairy produce, and meat have been banned in Rwanda since December, when news first broke about deaths caused by…

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