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Egypt just banned South African imports because of listeriosis

Phillip de Wet , Business Insider SA
 May 11, 2018, 06:16 PM
A transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Listeria sp bacterium in a tissue sample. (Getty)
  • Egypt just banned some South African imports for fear of listeriosis.
  • It wants assurances that SA can test for listeria, and provide accompanying paperwork.
  • Rwanda has a similar ban in place, because of a lack of paperwork.

Egypt has imposed new restrictions on South African imports because of the recent listeriosis outbreak, its embassy in Pretoria confirmed on Friday.

Meat, processed meat and "agricultural products" are affected, the embassy said.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua new import permits for South African goods have been halted entirely, and cargo already in the country must be held until tested for listeria by health officials. 

Based on a World Health Organisation (WHO) report on South Africa's listeriosis outbreak, "the Central Administration of Plant Quarantine in Egypt decided on an emergency action to temporarily suspend the issuance of import permits allowing the importation of agricultural commodities from South Africa," the Egyptian mission to Pretoria's commercial head Wahid Adly told Business Insider South Africa.

"The suspension shall be considered for removal after the Department of Agriculture or responsible authority can provide measures that were endorsed to contain the disease. The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture also requested from the South African counterpart to state that it is able to prove that there is capacity to analyse imported consignments against the disease and issue certificates accordingly."

Meat, dairy, fruit, and vegetables from South Africa remain banned in Rwanda because of what the SA high commissioner in Kigali said was a delay by the South African government in doing the necessary paperwork.

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