Following the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, various communications have been doing the rounds warning the public against particular brands that have been affected. Various brands have also been implicated by fake news and jokes surrounding this matter. Amongst the brands implicated by these WhatsApps and social media posts are those belonging to Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) - a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group.
In response to this, the O&L Group has issued the following statement refuting allegations that NBL brands are implicated in the current listeriosis outbreak.
Patricia Hoeksema, O&L Group Manger: Corporate Relations: “We are aware of the current so-called ‘joke’ doing the rounds whereby it is claimed that NBL and its brands have been affected by the current listeriosis outbreak. This is a malicious rumour, and void of any truth. NBL prides itself in upholding the highest world class quality standards throughout all its production processes. With ISO 9001 (quality management system), HACCP (international food safety management system), and our very own stringent in house policies, procedures and specifications, the public can rest assured that all NBL brands are safe for consumption.”
NBL has over the years won numerous international awards for its high quality beers and is recognized as one of Namibia’s leading manufacturers and exporters having penetrated some of the toughest markets throughout the world.