Malawi advises its people to steer clear of any South Africa meat products overfood poisoning

Malawi’s health ministry says a ban will continue  on the import and sale of certain South African processed meat products after a sausage known as polony  is  identified as a source for the listeria poisoning that has killed 180 people.

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No polony: Processed meat from South Africa  identified as the source of a food poisoning outbreak

Health spokesperson Joshua Malango  advised people not to eat any  ready-to-eat meat products from South Africa that include polony – sliced ham and Frankfurter-style sausages.

He  warned people to “avoid all processed meat products that are sold as ready to eat”.

Malango, nonetheless, said Malawians should not panic as government has put in place measures to avoid the outbreak from spreading locally.

“Malawi is very safe and there is no cause to press the panic button.” Malango told Nyasa Times.

He said if the outbreak hits the country, they have medication and expertise  to deal with it.

“We advise people to report to their nearest health facilities or signs like fever, muscle ache headache, confusion, nausea and diarrhoea,” he advised.

The Malawi Competition and Fair Trading Commission asked wholesalers and retailers on Monday to remove imported meat products from South Africa from their shelves in the wake of a deadly listeria outbreak linked to a factory there.

Malawi’s moves come after Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia halted processed meat imports from South Africa, where 180 people have died in the worst listeriosis outbreak in recorded history.

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4 years ago

This is an opportunity for Malawi to rethink its strategy on import-substitution industries. So far policies pushed by the government are failing to yield results to a point where Malawi is importing basic commodities like meat and meat products, fruits, juices, beverages etc. Why would any country be importing foodstuffs when the country itself prides itself in agriculture/farming. This is a disgrace and failure of Malawian leaders. Also the citizens of Malawi should be ashamed of themselves. There are millions of graduates from UNIMA with Diplomas in Business Study, BCom, Commercial Law etc etc and yet very few entrepreneurs to… Read more »

Jesus is Lord
4 years ago

Why is Malawi importing meat? Make it yourself!!! And since SA hates and persecutes Christians, don’t support that satanic regime by buying SA products.

Dr Vinthu
Dr Vinthu
4 years ago

drunkards do not need treatment as just like malaria this disease cannot affect people who take gin & tonic or special brew so there is nothing to worry about. all what is needed is for pregnant women or babies to avoid eating uncooked foods, but angoni na masayi yathu yomweija tipitirilze

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