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Seychelles temporarily bans all ready-to-eat meat products from SA

Seychelles temporarily bans all ready-to-eat meat products from SA

The island nation of the Seychelles has issued a temporary ban on all ready-to-eat meat products from South Africa, following the outbreak of listeriosis in the country.

In a statement, the Seychelles Public Health Authority announced it had imposed a temporary ban on all ready-to-eat meat products imported from South Africa from Tuesday, 6 March 2018, “following the confirmation from the Ministry of Health in South Africa that the source of Listeria contamination and outbreak is processed meat.”

All processed meat products are being removed from the local market; these include polonies, hams and pre-cooked sausages.

Seychellois authorities also revealed that a surveillance programme by the Public Health Authority to test the products that are already in the country has thus far shown no traces of listeria.

The ban will remain in force until further notice.

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