Latest (15 February 2018) on listeriosis outbreak ongoing in South Africa. 

Click here for a copy of Dr Lucia Anelich's latest brief and opinion dated 15 February 2018.

See article Dr Lucia wrote on Listeriosis for the Food and Beverage Reporter of Jan-Feb 2018.

Previous briefs of 06 February25 January, 18 January13 January and 05 January 2018 available.  See Listeriosis and FAQ on this website for more information. Click here to see Dr Lucia's bio and affiliations. 

The NICD updates are available here

Dr Anelich has conducted a number of interviews on listeriosis for radio programmes, printed media and Carte Blanche. The latest YOU, HUISGENOOT and PEOPLE magazines contain articles written by Dr Lucia or interviews held with her. Some links are provided below:

International Reuters. Times LiveDaily Maverick. Carte Blanche. DFA. Courant. City Press. East Coast Radio.

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Aflatoxin now found in sunflower seeds! (April 2017)

Michigan State University has conducted research in Tanzania on the presence of aflatoxins in sunflower seeds! Aflatoxins are powerful carcinogenic (cancer-causing) toxins produced by certain fungi under specific conditions (particularly undesirable storage conditions).  Most often, the liver is targeted by these toxins, but other organs may also be affected.  Click here for the full open access article or here for MSU's summary of this work.

Anelich Consulting opinion on Best Before Dates on non-perishables: There are many foods which are termed "shelf stable".  These foods can last for years and "best before" labelling is quite irrelevant to such products as it has nothing to do with food safety, but rather food quality.  Hence, perfectly safe food is often discarded because the perception is created that the food is no longer safe for human consumption, which is not the case.  Prof Lucia conducted an interview for KykNet (an Afrikaans TV channel in South Africa) on this topic, in which she discusses this issue and clarifies a number of concepts.  Click here to view the interview on Youtube. 





A severe outbreak of listeriosis is continuing in South Africa.  Latest (15 February 2018) 872 cases have been confirmed with 164 deaths (up from 107 deaths on 06 February). Dr Lucia stated early in January that it is "the worst documented listeriosis outbreak in global history". Cases are across all provinces.  No food source has yet been identified.  See Listeriosis and FAQ on this website for more information on the disease and what to look out for. 

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The THIRD of three Microbiological Risk Assessment for Risk Managers Workshops was held in the week of 30 October 2017 in Ghana for the West African region with 16 countries invited to participate. This is the third year running that Anelich Consulting has run this course in Sub-Saharan Africa for ILSI. Discussions are afoot for ongoing activities in the region.

Did you know - Ebola is foodborne?

Yes, Ebola is foodborne.  If raw or undercooked infected bushmeat is consumed, the virus will most likely be transmitted to humans eating that meat. Lucia Anelich and Gerry Moy co-authored a Scientific Information Bulletin in November 2014 on Ebola for the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and can be downloaded here.  

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