Zambia concerned over “Listeria” in South African food imports


Zambia has requested the South African government to put precautionary health measures in place to ensure that all its food exports to Zambia were free of a food borne disease called “Listeria”.
Listeria is seriously bacterial food borne disease which has broken out in South Africa affecting people of different ages in many parts of that country.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba has since written to the South African department of international relations and corporation to ensure that exports of vegetables and dairy products were well documented following an outbreak of the food borne disease in that country.
According to official statistics recently issued by South African health minister Aaron Motsoaledi indicate that 36 people have so far died from the disease and over 500 people infected across the country.

Mr. Mwamba called on the relevant authorities in that country to put measures in place that would ensure that all food exports to Zambia were well documented in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease.
According to a statement issued to phoenix news by first secretary press and public relations at Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa, Naomi Nyawali, South Africa is Zambia’s second largest trade partner following a number of South African business entities operating in Zambia.