Listeria had also been identified at an RCL-owned facility (Rainbow Foods).
Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that can cause severe illness - including severe sepsis, meningitis, or encephalitis - sometimes resulting in lifelong harm and even death.
"We have put in place a surveillance system to find and test all listeria isolates from human cases to identify clusters that may represent outbreaks".
Six months after listeriosis hit South Africa, affecting the country's processed meat industry, the health authorities have given consumers the greenlight to resume enjoying the food, APA has learnt."A team of World Health Organisation (WHO), worldwide and local experts (has) agreed that because no cases of listeriosis due to the outbreak strain have been identified since the first week of June 2018 and that over the last two months the incidence rate of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases has dropped to pre-outbreak levels, the outbreak of listeriosis is over", South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Monday.
He said that the department has alerted municipalities to conduct inspections on fake food. This ongoing process is expected to continue into September 2018.
Motsoaledi said on Monday there were no cases over the last three months of the food-borne disease, which the government earlier in the year said had killed some 180 people.
According to the World Health Organisation, this outbreak was the largest recorded globally to date.
As of 8 March this year, there were 967 laboratory-confirmed cases reported countrywide since 1 January 2017.
South Africa's food safety laws have been revamped.
Every factory in the country‚ a total of 157‚ that makes processed meat has been inspected by WHO health inspectors and environmental health inspectors.
He also said that despite concerted efforts, investigators have not been able to pinpoint exactly where the outbreak originated.
A view of the listeria bacteria. However, everyone is encouraged to practice good hand hygiene, safe food temperatures, cooking food thoroughly, and keeping raw and cooked foods separate.