UPDATE: Pretoria food factory shut down after listeria found

A Tiger Brands plant in Pretoria was closed on Monday morning after traces of listeria were discovered.

“Although the level detected was well within the range of government standards for the presence of listeria, Tiger Brands has taken the precautionary measure of closing the factory,” the company said, adding that their Snax products would be recalled countrywide.

“Production at the plant, which produces the company’s Snax brand, will also be suspended.

“This decision was taken as a result of the detection of listeria monocytogenes at the facility, following heightened testing protocols which have been introduced.”

ALSO READ: Listeria claims more lives

The company’s cold meat products were recalled countrywide, after health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced earlier this month that listeria had been traced to the Polokwane and Germiston Enterprise factories.

Motsoaledi said the bacteria had also been traced to the Rainbow chicken facility in the Free State.

Tiger Brands’ woes seem to be far from over. The company said it was going to record a R33-million loss from the meat units which have been closed.

At the weekend, Shoprite recalled vienna sausages produced by its own brand Farmer’s Deli.

ALSO READ: Traces of listeria found at abattoir in Tshwane

The retailer said health authorities discovered the presence of listeria bacteria in a single batch of the viennas last week.

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About 180 people have lost their lives and 1 000 infected in the current listeriosis outbreak, said to be the biggest yet globally.

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