Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has taken RCL Foods to task for issuing a media statement announcing that its Wolwehoek factory was free of the ST6 strain of listeria, responsible for the current outbreak. The department said that this did not change the fact that its factory was contaminated by another strain of the potentially lethal bacteria. "Listeria monocytogenes of any ST strain may pose a risk for human health," the minister said. SA is confronting the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak on record, with 978 cases and 183 deaths since January 2017. Although 92% of the isolates recovered from patients were ST6, at least another 19 disease-causing strains have been identified, Motsoaledi said. The ST6 strain was discovered at Tiger Brands’s Enterprise Foods unit in Polokwane, which has been closed. On Friday RCL Foods issued a statement saying a French laboratory had confirmed the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ findings that there was no ST6 Listeria monocytogene...

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