KZN bananas are safe, govt assures

2011-12-02 15:50

Durban - 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) e-mail 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, spokesperson 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."

  • wesleywt - 2011-12-02 15:55

    lol...burning the skin will make an infection worst because you getting rid of the protective layer called the skin :P

      Spyker - 2011-12-02 16:06

      229 members of parliament must have heaved a great sigh of relief...

  • Kai - 2011-12-02 15:56

    But the Banana Republic is still infested with tax eating bacteria.

  • Anthony - 2011-12-02 15:56

    banana anyone

  • JR - 2011-12-02 16:06

    can people be so ignorant as to believe what "someone" said via an e mail, please man !!!!

  • Ian - 2011-12-02 16:14

    first the bread and now bannanas, whats with you chimps

      George - 2011-12-02 16:39

      They after the dough

      Ian - 2011-12-02 17:27

      @George LOL

  • Sue - 2011-12-02 17:40

    All those sending me advise not to eat bananas - take note

  • Mabel - 2011-12-03 08:08

    This stupid story is certainly ruining the lives of the banana farmers. What may seem funny to some is causing chaos for others. I have a banana a day, live in KwaZulu-Natal and my flesh is fine. Where do these stupid people get their information from? They should take up charity work if they're so bored they've got nothing to do.

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