Responding to the Health Department's announcement on the origin of the current listeriosis outbreak, forensic investigator Dr David Klatzow says the findings are extremely concerning.
The disease has claimed the lives of 180 people in South Africa since January 2017.
Dr Klatzow says there is no connection between the two contaminated factories cited as the source of the outbreak and questions the possibility of the bacteria being from a different source and brought into these factories.
How come we have two factories that are wide apart geographically, all producing, allegedly, the same strain of bacterium? Is this a contaminated health product basic ingredient in the factories which comes from elsewhere or is there a deeper issue involved from where this listeria comes from?— Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator
Are the health procedures investigating various incoming products up to snuff? We've known for a very long time that the procedures and processes which are supposed to protect the country against incoming contaminated material have not been up to snuff.— Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator
I would like to see a whole lot evidence before I form the final conclusion on this.— Dr David Klatzow, Forensic investigator
Speaking to Kieno Kammies, consumer Law specialist, Jacolien Barnard commented on what the law says regarding consumer rights.
I think what is important is for the authorities to work together to inform and educate the consumers and that should be done in all areas, including isolated consumers that do not have access to the internet or smart phones.— Jacolien Barnard, Consumer Law specialist
Marketing analyst Chris Moerdyk commented on a press conference held by Tiger Brands, in which CEO Lawrence MacDougall said there is “no link” between the company's subsidiary‚ Enterprise and the deaths of 180 people.
Moerdyk likened Tiger Brands response to one given by Ford Motor Company Ford certain models of their cars began bursting into flames.
This is fairly typical of big businesses these days, one way or the other they just go into a denialist mode, try and defend themselves. I suppose from a legal point of view they have to do that.— Chris Moerdyk, Marketing analyst
Truly I dont think that was the right way of going about it at all.— Chris Moerdyk, Marketing analyst
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