The Shoprite group announced on Friday that it has recalled a batch of Farmer’s Deli red viennas, Pretoria East Rekord reports.
In a statement, Shoprite said this follows a notification from a winelands district environmental health practitioner that the presence of listeria monocytogenes was identified in an initial testing of a single batch of red viennas.
“Further testing is necessary to confirm the presence of harmful levels of listeria bacteria,” Shoprite said.
This would take five working days.
“In the meantime, the Shoprite group has, as an added precautionary measure, removed all Farmer’s Deli red and smoked viennas from its shelves until the product gets the all clear,” they said.
“Listeria monocytogenes is not the same as listeria ST6, which was linked by the department of health to the fatal listeriosis cases that occurred in South Africa.”
They added that the traces of listeria monocytogenes was only found in a single batch.
“The production facility where this batch was packed has provided a full record of clean food safety tests, which included testing for the presence of listeria bacteria.”
The Shoprite group has invited any concerned customers to return any Farmer’s Deli 500g and 1kg red and smoked viennas products for a full refund.
Proof of purchase would not be required.
They added their team of food scientists and technologists was working with its suppliers and the department of health to do all that is necessary to further contain the outbreak of listeriosis.