Factory fingered as source of listeriosis outbreak to reopen

Meanwhile, for the first time since March, Tiger Brand’s Polokwane plant is to begin producing polony, viennas and other ready-to-eat processed meats, destined for supermarket fridges across the country.

This is after the Capricorn Municipality’s environmental health department gave the company an official Certificate of Acceptability for the Polokwane factory on the completion of rigorous assessments.

The certificate endorses the factory’s standards and operating procedures for the safe production of food products.

“The department of health has referred the industry to the CODEX standard, which says that for finished ready-to-eat products which do not promote growth of the bacteria, there must be zero listeria detection in products, both as they leave the factories as well as to the point of sale,” MacDougall said. 

The new red polony packs will look a little different.

In a bid to create full transparency, Enterprise Foods has introduced a “revolutionary” 7-step quality check process from farm to table, MacDougall said, and those details will appear on-pack, as well as on the Enterprise Foods website.

“We recognise the tremendous responsibility we have as business to move beyond compliance and the standards we have in South Africa and to be at the forefront of solutions that give assurance to all South Africans – whether they eat our products or not – that the food safety system is robust,” MacDougall said.

“The Centre for Food Safety, which we launched in collaboration with the Stellenbosch University on November 6, is a critical milestone in this quest.

“As a food manufacturing company with a long, strong and proud heritage in South Africa, there is an enormous amount of trust that is placed in us and our products.

“I know that some of that trust has been lost as a result of the listeriosis crisis and that we need to earn back that trust over time through our actions and by keeping our word.”

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