The National Institute For Communicable Diseases (NCID) says Shoprite has recalled some of its products as a precautionary measure in the light of the ongoing listeriosis outbreak in the country.
Almost a thousand cases of the food-borne disease has been confirmed in the country since last year with 183 deaths reported.
The retail giant says the listeria bacteria found in a single batch of red viennas is not the listeria ST6 strain that is linked to processed meat products manufactured by Enterprise foods.
The NICD’s Dr Juno Thomas says they are yet to confirm whether it is indeed listeria.
“Shoprite have conducted their own testing on certain products in their stores and as a precaution they have recalled one brand of those manufactured from them. Apparently, listeria was isolated from some samples. However, this has still to be confirmed at the NCID. We are still waiting for several specimens from the laboratory and as soon we have them we will then be able to give more information.”