By our reporter

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has warned Ugandans against consuming imported meat products from South Africa following a Listeriosis (listeria) outbreak linked to pre-packaged and ready-to-eat meat products which has already killed 180 people in South Africa.

Some of the suspected pre-packaged products from South Africa include, ready-to-eat deli meats (polony, ham, salami, etc.), hot dogs, refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads, sausages, etc.

In order to ensure the health and safety of the public, UNBS is carrying out market surveillance inspections in all super markets that are said to be main importers of South African meat products. This is to ensure that affected products are removed from the market. Analysis of related products is also being carried out to ensure there has been no cross-contamination.

Furthermore, All UNBS imports inspectors at border points have been notified to withhold consignments of all pre-packaged and ready-to-eat meat products from South Africa until further notice. UNBS would therefore like to call upon consumers to avoid buying the above mentioned products originating from South Africa until they have been cleared by UNBS.