Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ has banned the importation of pre-packaged and ready-to-eat meat products from South Africa, following an outbreak of listeria linked to pre-packaged and ready-to-eat meat products from the country.
listeriosis has already killed 180 people in South Africa. According to UNBS’s Communications Officer Godwin Muhwezi, UNBS has already impounded about 65 kilogrammes of imported pre-cooked meat from a local supermarket chains.
He says UNBS is carrying out market surveillance inspections in supermarkets that are said to import meat from South Africa.
Listeria is mainly found in ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs, refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads, unpasteurized (raw) milk and dairy products, soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, and refrigerated smoked seafood in raw sprouts.