• The price of polony has recovered, but is still down since it was directly linked to the deadly listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.
  • The price of polony initially fell by 14.4%, but has recovered slightly and is now 3.8% cheaper than in 2017.
  • Listeriosis killed at least 203 people in South Africa. 

The price of South African polony has recovered, but is still down over the past year, as consumers avoided cold meats after they were linked to the deadly listeriosis outbreak. 

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday said polony and processed meats are safe again after the department of health in March linked an Enterprise processed meats factory in Polokwane to the listeriosis outbreak.

Motsoaledi said the outbreak led to more than 203 deaths in South Africa. 

Business Insider South Africa previously reported that Tiger Brands, the owner of Enterprise, can possibly pay between R100,000 and R2 million to the families of each of the victims of the outbreak.

READ: Tiger Brands plans to be making polony again by October – and has high hopes for using its old frozen pork

Comparing recent polony prices on special to the prices advertised a year ago shows that prices have recovered from an initial plunge.

Polony price comparison.

In one instance, a 2kg polony could be bought for R32 at Pick n Pay, compared to the R39 you’d be expected to pay now at Shoprite. 

According to the South African National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), polony prices dropped dramatically from a high of R43.59 in January to R37.47 in June – a 14% drop – before recovering to R44.19 in July.

The council noted that pork prices have dropped dramatically since the outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa, and while July reflected a recovery, prices are still 3.8% lower than July 2017.

Here’s how South Africa’s polony changed the past year, based on official prices from the NAMC's monthly price basket

 

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