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Listeria Concerns in South African Beef Industry



Listeria in beef

Researchers in South Africa have raised alarms after finding Listeria in beef, which could trigger another outbreak. Food Safety News reports that a study found that 4.6 per cent of beef carcasses in Gauteng abattoirs tested positive for Listeria, potentially putting contaminated beef products in stores. Another study discovered Listeria in 8.3 per cent of beef and beef products. This finding is concerning due to the 2017-2018 listeriosis outbreak in South Africa linked to ready-to-eat processed meats like polony.

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Experts recommend strict food safety measures in abattoirs and processing plants to prevent another outbreak to reduce contamination. They also suggest further investigation into popular beef products, like moist biltong, to assess Listeria growth risks to consumers.

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