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Fri Aug 28 04:16:04 SAST 2015

KZN bananas safe, e-mail hoax: govt

Sapa | 02 December, 2011 12:19
Bananas. File photo.
Image by: Julian Finney / Getty Images

Bananas from KwaZulu-Natal are safe for human consumption and are not infected with a flesh-eating bacteria, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said on Friday.

Bananas from KwaZulu-Natal are safe for human consumption and are not infected with a flesh-eating bacteria, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said on Friday.

The reassurance comes after the circulation of an e-mail advising people not to buy or eat KZN bananas and to seek medical attention if they develop a fever after eating bananas.

"The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is aware of (an) email circulating claiming that bananas from KwaZulu-Natal can infect people with a flesh-eating bacteria.

"The banana scare e-mail is a hoax," Steve Galane, spokesman for the department, said in a statement.

"The information received from the Department of Health reports that the e-mail is a hoax, and any claims regarding poor food safety will be investigated."

Gelane said that the message also advises readers to burn the skin around any infection to prevent it from spreading.

"The department strongly advises against burning of the skin.

"Deliberately burning your skin could lead to serious injury and permanent damage."

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