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Ninety-three (85 percent) people reported eating ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat products, of which polony was the most common followed by viennas/sausages and then other 'cold meats, ' he said.

However, he warned that products such as Viennas, Russians, Frankfurters, other sausages and cold meats not typically cooked could also be affected due to the risk of cross contamination.

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that killed at least 180 individuals in South Africa has been linked to polony, a popular sausage, made at a food production facility operated by Tiger Brands, a unit of Enterprise Food. Of that total, 180 case patients have died which represents a 27 percent fatality rate.

In a statement, RCL said on Monday that it has recalled all polony products produced at its Wolwehoek facility and the production of Rainbow polony has been suspended. He said a plant owned by RCL Foods was being investigated.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi had said on Sunday the outbreak had been traced to a Tiger Brands factory in the northern city of Polokwane.

South Africa's Health Minister, Arron Motsoaledi, told a media briefing over the weekend, that the Enterprise facility in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, was the source of the outbreak.

The company was also recalling all its polony brands.

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The company has nevertheless recalled all exported products and says it has taken immediate action and corrective steps to address the listeriosis outbreak.

Motsoaledi said a team from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), in Johannesburg, interviewed 109 ill people to obtain details about the foods they had eaten before getting sick.

At this point in time, MacDougall said he could not confirm what the financial implications to the group would be, but did say that "the cost of withdrawal (of products) out of all the market is at a high expense".

We are removing products that may be linked to the listeriosis outbreak from our stores. "This testing includes for listeria".

As shoppers queued up to return processed meat items and demand refunds, shares in the biggest food firm in Africa's most industrialised economy, Tiger Brands (TBSJ.J), tumbled because of its link to the outbreak that has spread since January 2017.

South Africa is Zambia's second largest trading partner following a number of South African business entities operating in Zambia.