12 June 2018

South Africa: Tough Questions After Listeriosis - Are SA Health Control Measures Up to Standard?

analysis

South African authorities have taken commendable steps to control the listeria outbreak and to step up local inspections. What is lacking are stringent measures to ensure that no contaminated meat is imported.

In a recent media statement the government enumerated a long list of actions that have been taken to manage the listeriosis outbreak, which, according to the World Health Organisation, is the biggest outbreak seen anywhere in the world. In every crisis situation it is important that lessons are learnt; when it is a matter of life or death it is critical.

It is commendable that the government has taken steps such as strengthening the National Health Laboratory Service's food testing capacity; and making a concerted effort to keep the public, especially the vulnerable groups, informed with accurate health information about the disease and its prevention.

According to the statement several steps have been taken to prevent the export of any contaminated meats to South Africa's trading partners abroad, including the rescinding by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the export...

South Africa

Liberation Icon Veronica Sobukwe Dies

Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the widow of PAC founder Robert Sobukwe, has died, it emerged on Wednesday. Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.