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    Botswana recalls food products over deadly listeriosis outbreak in S/Africa

    APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

    Botswana on Monday recalled food from its supermarkets that were imported from a bologna-making factory in the South African city of Polokwane after reports surfaced that it is the source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak in the neighbouring country.

    The disease has so far killed more 180 people and affected 915 others in South Africa.

    Botswana’s Ministry of Health spokesperson Doreen Motshegwa said the main source of listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has been traced to Enterprise Food Production Factory and Rainbow Chicken Limited.

    She said the affected items include sausages and other products from both factories.

    “The Ministry of Health and Wellness also confirms that some of these products are imported from South Africa and are also part of the local distribution and retail supply chain,” said Motshegwa.

    She said the ministry has as a result issued a mandatory recall to all shops, distributors, transporters and Importers of these affected meat products with immediate effect.

    “The public is therefore informed that customers who bought any of the affected products manufactured by Enterprise (Bokkie, Renown, Lifestyle and Mieliekip); and Rainbow (Polony, Russian and Viennas) are to return them to the respective shops for a full refund,” she said.

    The ministry would continue to collaborate with South African authorities to monitor the situation and give regular updates, she said.

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