According to a recent press release by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) the Egyptian Central Administration of Plant Quarantine requires all grains, fruit and vegetables to be tested for Listeria. This comes after Egypt imposed restrictions on South African imports after the recent listeriosis outbreak.

The Perishable Product Export Control Board (PPECB) will be responsible for drawing out samples as per standard operating procedure. The cost for sampling will be borne by the Food Business Operators (FBO’s) and each consignment leaving South Africa for Egypt will be accompanied by a certificate that declares that it is free from Microbial contaminants (Listeria). Samples drawn from produce for Listeria testing will be submitted to the Microchem Lab in Woodstock, Cape Town and also to Mérieux NutriSciences in Claremont, Cape Town. – Ntswaki Motaung, AgriOrbit