The cause of the world’s biggest listeriosis outbreak – which has killed more than 180 people and was blamed by Health Minister on infections at Rainbow Chickens and Enterprise Food factories – is still not known. The Times reports that this was not the primary cause, the departments of Health‚ Trade and Industry and Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries conceded to a parliamentary committee.

According to the Democratic Alliance (DA)‚ the departments briefed a joint-sitting of the portfolio committees on health; trade and industry and agriculture‚ forestry and fisheries on progress made to contain the further spread of the listeria bacteria.

“Although traces of the bacterium have been found at Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken facilities‚ the departments have today confirmed the DA suspicions that Rainbow and Enterprise factories are a source but not the primary sources of the outbreak‚” said DA MP Patricia Kopane. ….more