Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has urged the public to stop consuming ready-to-eat processed food products such as polony, viennas and chicken sausages.

The Minister revealed that the source of the Listeriosis outbreak has been traced to an Enterprise food production factory in Polokwane, Limpopo.

The outbreak has claimed the lives of 180 people  countrywide. The confirmed number of Listeriosis cases has risen to 946.

Motsoaledi has been briefing the media at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there will be a massive recall of ready to eat processed foods, normally stored in fridges.

The Minister has appealed to members of the public who have these products in their fridges to take them out and clean their fridges thoroughly.

He says the products must be packed away until an announcement is made soon on how they should be treated.

He says while those in good health can still take a chance and eat polony, chicken sausages and viennas, those who are advised against eating them at all are pregnant women, people with TB, HIV and AIDS, as well as the elderly.

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