March 5, 2018 / 10:36 AM / 2 years ago

Zambia calls on S.African chains to recall cold meats over listeria scare

Cold meat products are seen in a trolley after they were removed from the shelves of Pick n Pay Store in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia wants South African retailers to withdraw ready-to-eat meat imports from its stores after an outbreak of a deadly listeria was traced to a factory in South Africa, Zambia’s high commission in Pretoria said on Monday.

“Chain stores should emulate measures put in place by the South African government to recall cold and meat products supplied by the firm,” Zambia’s high commission in South Africa said in a statement.

South Africans were told on Sunday not to consume ready-to-eat processed meat as the government identified the source of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people as a cold meat product made by the country’s biggest consumer foods group.

Reporting by Chris Mfula; Writing by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by Joe Brock

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