The listeriosis trauma gets even worse for mom and baby

Tiger Brand admitted that it's Enterprise a batch of processed meats products contained ST6.
Tiger Brand admitted that it's Enterprise a batch of processed meats products contained ST6.
Image: ALAISTER RUSSELL

Theto Ngubane is not quite six months old and about to undergo a third operation to insert a shunt into the ventricles of her brain to prevent excess fluid from causing damage. And all because her mother had a thing for Mielie Kip chicken polony and other Enterprise products.

Born in a Polokwane hospital three days before Christmas‚ baby Theto and her mother Monthla are among 1‚049 South Africans to contract listeriosis in the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly food-borne disease.

The latest National Institute of Communicable Diseases’ listeriosis report reveals that 209 of those people have died.

In late April Tiger Brands admitted that its independent tests had confirmed that the batch of processed meats which led the institute to its factory door did indeed contain ST6 – the unique strain of listeria responsible for South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak.

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