Shoprite Group on Friday recalled a batch of Farmer's Deli red viennas packed for the group from its perishable departments.
This follows a notification earlier on Friday from a Winelands District environmental health practitioner after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was identified in an initial testing of a single batch of red viennas.
Shoprite said that further testing was necessary to confirm the presence of harmful levels of listeria bacteria, adding that the results of the further testing would take another five working days.
Shoprite removed all Farmer’s Deli Red and Smoked Viennas from its shelves until the products get the all clear as an added precautionary measure.
According to Shoprite, Listeria monocytogenes is not the same as Listeria ST6, which was linked by the Department of Health to fatal listeriosis cases that occurred in South Africa.