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Lifestyle African countries that have banned meat imports from South Africa after listeria outbreak

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The listeria outbreak has killed at least 180 people since January.

play A worker walks past cold meat products know as "polony" after it was removed from the shelves of Pick n Pay Store in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 5, 2018 (Reuters)

Several African states have banned processed meat products from South Africa after a listeria outbreak that has killed at least 180 people since January.

Kenya is the latest African state to announce the ban that has been imposed in at least seven other nations in the continent with retailers being ordered to remove and destroy any such meats immediately.

play Meat products removed from Pick n Pay store in Johannesburg amid listeria outbreak (Courtesy)

 

Listeriosis can be caught from food containing listeria bacteria, or close contact with farm animals.

There have been 948 cases of listeria poisoning in South Africa reported since January 2017, according to Reuters - which the UN calls the largest outbreak ever.

The infection mainly affects children and has a three-week incubation period, making it difficult to track. Symptoms from the food-borne disease include diarrhea, fever, general body pains, vomiting and weakness.

play A worker pulls a trolley after removing processed meat products at a Pick n Pay Store in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 5, 2018. (Reuters)

 

Business Insider SSA takes a look at all the African nations that have outlawed meat products from South Africa as the listeria scare spreads:

Mozambique

“(Ministry) asks that all owners of establishments that commercialize these products start to withdraw from the shelves due to the danger that this constitutes to health,” a statement from the country's Ministry of agriculture and food security said on Minday.

Namibia

The Directorate of the Veterinary Services said on Tuesday that it has notified traders about the suspension of imports and in transit movement of ready-to-eat food.

Botswana

play Botswana became the third country to announce the recall of South African processed meat over the listeriosis outbreak. (Courtesy)
 

Botswana became the third country to announce the recall of South African processed meat over the listeriosis outbreak.

Zambia

Zambia on Monday widened its ban on processed meat imports from South Africa to include dairy
products, vegetable and fruits.

Malawi

Malawi's Competition and Fair Trading Commission on Monday ordered wholesalers and distributors of South African-made meat products to immediately withdraw and destroy meat products such as polony.

Swaziland

Swaziland's health ministry director Samuel Magagul confirmed that the kingdom has recalled contaminated South African meat products from the shelves of its supermarkets.

play Swaziland's health ministry director Samuel Magagul confirmed that the kingdom has recalled contaminated South African meat products from the shelves of its supermarkets. (Courtesy)

 

"We began withdrawing the meat products contaminated with listeria as soon as we were informed of developments from the South African authorities and have been busy outlining a list of health procedures and warnings since Sunday," said Magagul.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s health ministry says that it is tightening surveillance at border posts and will confiscate and destroy the products if they’re found.

Kenya

Kenya is the first nation in east Africa to ban ready-to-eat meat products from South Africa that include polony — a local version of baloney sausage — sliced ham and Frankfurter-style sausages.

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