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Last updated: 04 September 2018

FAWU Statement on Minister Motsoaledi`s Prounouncement On Safe Consumption of Ready-To-Eat Processed Meat

4 September 2018

The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) welcomes the authoritative pronouncement made by the Minister of Health, Dr Motsoaledi, that the Listeria outbreak is now over and that South Africans can now consume the ready-to-eat processed meat as it is now safe to do so.

Whilst welcoming this, we hope that government will put into place a food safety regulatory body; staffed with people with relevant expertise from the state, civil society formations and academia; and hope that the industry, by a way of South African Meat Processors Association and related business bodies will come to the party.

Meanwhile, we hope that thousands of jobs lost during this crisis will be recovered and that this "de-industrialization by default" will be reversed.

We call on industries and individual companies operating in the ready-to-eat processed meat as well as other industries, such as dairy and fruit processing, to strengthen their safety measures and up the standards on hygiene and health, including by training workers and by holding line managers accountable.

While the crisis might be over, we should not never lose sight of the fact that many lives were lost and the lives of relatives and friends altered forever as a result of this food -borne outbreak. We should in fact be mindful of the fact that the listeriosis outbreak should have never happened in the first place and government should now ensure that this never happens again by putting the appropriate measures in place.

For more information and further clarifications contact Katishi Masemola, General Secretary, at 082 467 2509, and Dominique Martin, Media Officer, at 082 498 5631

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