Food from South Africa under FDA scrutiny following outbreak of listeriosis

| Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 3:05pm



The Ministry of Health has noted with concern the outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa.

In a statement signed by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Listeriosis is said to be food poisoning caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.

This affects some meat and dairy products, fruits and vegetables.

In view of public health concern and to avoid a similar outbreak here in Ghana, the Food and Drugs Authority ( FDA) is monitoring the situation and has increased surveillance on meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables from South Africa to ensure that they are not contaminated.

The statement tasked all officers at the various Ports of entry to be more vigilant and inspections are intensified.

It has therefore assured Ghanaians that there will be no cause for alarm as the quality of plant and animal products coming from South Africa will continue to be monitored, investigated and assessed.