The Department of Health is serious about preventing future listeriosis outbreaks.
Fifty more listeriosis cases have been reported since a recall of “infected” cold meat products by health minister Aaron Motsoaledi in March.
The department has issued tips on how listeriosis can be prevented.
One suggestion is to store high-risk food in a different fridge or separate place until an official communication is released for a safe refuse of the high-risk food.
Consumers who are still unsure what to do with the high-risk food are advised to take products back to producers and/or retailers for safe disposal of the products.
The department has also cautioned the public to ensure that food is cooked thoroughly before consumption.
“Wash food before cooking and ensure that the food is thoroughly cooked either by boiling or frying it,” said the department.
Those who had “infected” cold meat products stored in their fridges like polony, Russian and Vienna sausages, and processed foods are advised to disinfect their fridges by adding a teaspoon of bleach (Jik) to the cleaning water.
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