NO ST6 LISTERIA FOUND AT RAINBOW POLONY FACTORY
The listeriosis outbreak is a tragic event and of great concern to RCL FOODS. The Company expresses its heartfelt sympathy to everybody affected.
The Minister of Health in a media statement on 4 March 2018 said that the listeriosis outbreak has been traced to a polony facility in Polokwane. The facility is NOT owned by RCL FOODS.
The Minister also stated in the same statement, that Rainbow polony products they have tested DO NOT contain the listeria ST6 “outbreak strain”.
RCL FOODS is pleased to state that tests conducted by an independent laboratory in France, which is considered to be a leading expert in this field, have confirmed that our Wolwehoek plant is clear of the ST6 listeria strain.
Rainbow polony products from the Wolwehoek plant were recalled as a precautionary measure and the plant has been temporarily closed. The recall does not affect any other RCL FOODS facilities or products, including fresh and frozen Rainbow chicken.
Listeria, which can cause food-borne diseases when present at high concentrations, is commonly found in soil and water and is easily transferred to surfaces in homes and buildings. It thrives in low temperatures, such as refrigeration, but is killed by cooking. Raw foods and vegetables should be washed thoroughly before eating.
The listeriosis outbreak has shown that more needs to be done to help
consumers understand listeria and how they can protect themselves and their
families. RCL FOODS will continue to support national efforts that take the
message about food safety and listeria to as wide an audience as possible.
Food safety has always been of paramount importance to RCL FOODS. More
than a decade ago we embarked on a process to implement internationally
recognised and independently verified quality and food safety systems such as
FSSC (Food Safety System Certification) 22000 and ISO 22000 in our facilities.
We will continue to review and further entrench our safety policies and