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Last updated: 15 March 2018

Impact of Minister of Health`s Generalized Statement On Listeriosis

15 March 2018

The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) is disturbed by the impact on jobs following the generalized and unclear public pronouncements made by the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi relating to the outbreak of Listeriosis in processed ready-to-eat meat.

Firstly, the Minister has not clarified that not all the companies involved in the ready-to-eat meat can be blamed for the outbreak, other than Tiger Group`s division trade as (t/a) Enterprise, and that those may not have such a disease in their operations. A glaring example is the Eskort businesses that produces and process ready-to-eat meat such as polonies, viennas and russians.

With RCL- Foods red-flagged, but with results still to be confirmed, the Minister should have made it clear that the RCL ready-to-eat products may not be bought or consumed as a precautionary measure until irrefutable results are released. Worse still, the Minister should have repeatedly made it clear that it is only the RCL Foods division and not the RCL Chicken that is red-flagged as fresh and frozen chicken is now being confused or perceived as causing Listeriosis.

With the above said, both the Eskort and RCL Chicken products have seen a drop in sales as the Minister has created confusion with consumers running away from purchasing Escort`s ready-to-eat and RCL` fresh and frozen chicken products.

The consequence will be that illegally dumped and illicitly traded products will take over and jobs, estimated at thousands, are now at stake.

We call on the Minister of Health to clarify the nation with concrete and clear statements as his pronouncements have created a health scare and panic among the nation.

For further comment please contact FAWU General-Secretary Katishi Masemola on 0824672509

Issued by: Dominique Martin, FAWU Media Officer, 082 498 5631, dominique.martin@fawu.org.za

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