Cleanliness is key to combating listeriosis

Since the first reported case of listeriosis in January 2017, the disease has claimed the lives of 180 people.

This week the Health Minister announced that the source of the outbreak had been traced to the Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo and Rainbow Chicken premises in the Free State.

But how worried should we be about the disease, and what can we do to prevent spreading it further?

On the open line with Eusebius McKaiser, microbiologist Lizette called into the show to provide some tips.

Safe food practices in our homes are very critical, for instance, if you were to cook a product, you really want to get it cooled and into the refrigerator within about two hours.

Lizette, 702/Cape Talker caller, Microbiologist

She also urged listeners to clean their fridges, wash vegetables before eating them and to heat meats thoroughly.

Don't reheat food that you previously cooked. If you reheat previously cooked food, eat it and throw it out.

Lizette, 702/Cape Talker caller, Microbiologist

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio.


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