fawuANA reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has welcomed a pronouncement from health minister Aaron Motsoaledi that SA’s deadly listeriosis outbreak was now over and it was safe to consume ready-to-eat processed meat.  

Motsoaledi said on Monday there had been no cases over the last three months of the food-borne disease, which the government earlier in the year said had killed about 180 people.  "While welcoming this, we hope that government will put into place a food safety regulatory body; staffed with people with relevant expertise from the state, civil society formations and academia; and hope that the industry, by a way of South African Meat Processors Association and related business bodies will come to the party.  Meanwhile, we hope that thousands of jobs lost during this crisis will be recovered and that this 'de-industrialisation by default' will be reversed," Fawu said.  The union urged operators in the ready-to-eat processed meat as well as other industries, such as dairy and fruit processing, to strengthen safety measures and raise standards on hygiene and health, including by training workers and holding line managers accountable.

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