Mozambique: Authorities take steps to prevent listeriosis outbreak
A view of Beira, capital of Sofala central province. Photo: A Bola
Mozambique’s National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) seized 55 tonnes of meat derivatives suspected of being contaminated with listeriosis in the last week, a source from the institution said on Monday.
Following the outbreak of listeriosis in South African, Mozambican health authorities on 5 May recommended the disposal of processed meats such as sausages and other processed foods from South African producers Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken.
The Mozambican government stated in a communique that listeriosis bacteria had been identified in meat products from the two production units.
According to the INAE, five of the 55 tons of meat products removed from sale were taken from supermarkets in Maputo and Matola, with the remainder seized in the rest of the country.
Seizures continue, and the products, which are being stored in isolation, will be burned on a date to be announced.
Listeriosis is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants, the elderly and patients with weak immune systems. The outbreak has killed 180 people in South Africa.Source: Lusa