The government has declared the end of the listeriosis outbreak, the world’s deadliest on record, and has withdrawn advice against consuming ready-to-eat processed meat products. And the Enterprise factory in Limpopo, identified as the source of the outbreak, could reopen in October, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in Johannesburg on Monday. The listeriosis outbreak has been costly for Tiger Brands, with recall-related costs amounting to R365m for the initial insurance claims, spokesperson Nevashnee Naicker said. The packaged goods company lost a further R50m a month as operations ceased. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases also identified listeria at RCL’s Rainbow Foods, resulting in a recall of all ready-to-eat processed meat products from the facility. The country has destroyed more than 5,800 tons of recalled meat since the beginning of March, when it linked the products to the outbreak and named a plant owned by Tiger Brands as the source of the crisis. More ...

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