Cameroon’s Ministry of Trade, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, has put Cameroonians on red alert, cautioning them against consuming frozen corn and vegetable oil that are imported from Hungary.
According to the Minister, the aforementioned products from the above country are reportedly contaminated and can lead to health complications if consumed.
In a press release issued by Minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, on July 31, 2018, the trade boss writes: “the Minister of Trade hereby informs consumers that it emerges from a health alert notice given by the World Health Organisation that frozen corn and vegetables produced in Hungary and distributed internationally are contaminated with the bacterium Listeria Monocytogenes.”
Minister Mbarga Atangana urged consumers in the Cameroon market to be “extremely vigilant and refrain from consuming the said products.”
On behalf of the Ministry Trade, the Minister reassured Cameroonians that “… the Ministry of Trade has proceeded to systematically withdraw the said goods from commercial spaces, deploying the strengthened control teams in the various markets.”
He appealed to the population to collaborate with his Ministry and Government so as to stem the negative tides and minimise the chances of the said bacterium to be spread around. In this light, he urged all and sundry to boycott the products and stay safe.
Listeria is a common name for a pathogenic or disease-causing bacterium known as Listeriamonocytogenes. It is a foodborne bacterium that, when ingested, causes an infection known as Listeriosis.
Experts opine that the control of the bacterium is complicated due to the bacterium’s ability to survive and grow under conditions not generally tolerated by similar organisms. They advise that food-processing facilities must be designed properly and must follow sanitary procedures designed to prevent Listeria contamination because in some circumstances, infection of the bacterium could result in death, if not properly treated.