Egypt lifts suspension on SA fruit and veg imports

Picture: iStock

Picture: iStock

The decision comes a week after the South African government announced that the listeriosis outbreak was over.

The temporary suspension on South African agricultural imports to Egypt has been lifted, according to a statement released by the Egyptian embassy in Pretoria on Monday.

However, the Egyptian authorities have requested the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries take the necessary action to ensure that fresh fruit and vegetables exported to Egypt are free of the bacteria that causes listeriosis.

At the beginning of September, the Egyptian authorities suspended the imports following warnings by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Egypt’s decision to lift the restrictions follow South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s announcement last week that the listeriosis outbreak was over and that no new cases had been reported in the last three months.

Motsoaledi also said that further investigations were being undertaken to find the cause of the outbreak traced to an Enterprise Food plant while legislative measures would be implemented to ensure food safety and prevent further outbreaks.

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