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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:53 - Updated Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:57

Agriculture sector reaffirms safety of imported product quality

Luanda - Angola?s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has reaffirms its commitment to work on necessary quality of imported food for human consumption.

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Meat being packed under strict surveillance

Photo: Vieira Aspirante

The assurance follows an epidemic outbreak of "Listeriosis" that erupted in South Africa.

The disease is caused by tainted processed meats, known as "Polony" produced by S. Afrcanl companies “Enterprise Food” and “Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL Food)”.

Angop learnt that no case of Listeriosis" has been reported in the country so far.

Source close to the sector reassured that the Angolan authorities continue to collect the samples of several products for analysis in order to ensure a more comprehensive diagnosis.

In view of the risk the outbreak poses to the public health, the Institute of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has determined the immediate withdrawal and destruction of the processed meats.

The measure covers sausages and pre-cooked food packages of the brands Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chicken Limited, produced in South Africa.

"Listeriosis" is an infection caused by Gram-positive bacteria Listeria monocytogenes found in dairy products, raw vegetables or contaminated meats.

Fever, chills and muscle aches, in addition to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, are the main symptoms of the outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) described  the epidemic as the most serious in the world today.

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