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South Africa’s Sausage blamed for food poisoning outbreak

Food poisoning outbreak

Supermarkets in South Africa have been clearing a popular sausage from the shelves after it was blamed for a food poisoning outbreak behind 180 deaths.

Health authorities ordered a recall of polony, prompting supermarkets like Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Spar and Woolworths to clear it from their shelves, along with bacon, sausages and other processed meat products.

The outbreak was finally traced after infecting people for more than a year.

There have been 948 cases of listeria poisoning reported since January 2017, with some 180 of those infected dying.

The United Nations says it is believed to be the largest outbreak ever, worldwide.

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