SA Government's failure to complete paperwork means products linked to listeriosis still banned in Rwanda

SA Government's failure to complete paperwork means products linked to listeriosis still banned in Rwanda

- Despite there being no link between the listeriosis outbreak and fresh produce a ban on imports of SA meat and fruit is still in place

- This is because the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has not officially shared scientific reports confirming the origin of the outbreak with Rwandan authorities

- Until this is done the ban will remain in place preventing the export of 2.4 tonnes of beef per month

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Although the origin of the listeriosis outbreak which began six months ago has been traced Rwanda is still not prepared to import South African fresh produce.

This is because the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) has not completed the necessary paperwork and has nothing to do with the quality of South Africa produce.

Fruit, dairy products and meat have been banned in Rwanda since December when news broke of the listeriosis outbreak.

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Rwandan hotels import an estimated 2.4 tonnes of beef from South Africa each month as well as 60 tonnes of fruit per year.

Scientists have proven that the outbreak was not linked to fresh produce but despite this, the ban has not been lifted. This is because DAFF has not shared this information with Rwanda officially.

The ban had been a pre-emptive measure to stop the possible spread of the bacteria.

South African High Commissioner in Kigali, George Twala is furious that DAFF has not done the required paperwork so imports can resume.

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“The DAFF in South Africa must present information to the Rwandan authorities stating that it has nothing to do with fresh produce, except ready-to-eat meat, and that process has been resolved,” Twala said. “South Africa has not done that… It is ruining business on our side.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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