Kenya has stopped the importation of ready meat from South Africa after the outbreak of Listeriosis. Listeriosis is a disease caused by food infected with listeria – a bacteria.
The World Health Organisation defines listeria as a food-borne infection in humans which occurs through the consumption of contaminated foods.
It is particularly found in un-pasteurized milk, soft cheeses, sandwiches, vegetables, among others “As a precautionary measure, you are required to stop the importation and sale of these products in the market while at the same time recall those that are already in the market,” Kepha Ombacho, director public health, said.
South Africa said producers of cold meat products were to blame for delays in tracing the cause of the world’s worst listeria outbreak, which has killed 180 people in the past year.