The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) accused government officials of not doing enough to protect consumers from meat importers.
Sapa said the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries did not apply the same safety standards used with local meat producers to importers.
Death toll of the listeriosis outbreak rose to 183 nationwide following three more reported deaths.
Sapa alleged Brazilian company BRF Foods had been importing mechanically deboned meat (MDM), a paste-like mixture of various meats used in the manufacturing of polony, viennas and other sausages, without being tested for listeria.
“The department has been slow in implementing a listeria test protocol for imported MDM,” Sapa said. “We understand that this was only concluded with meat importers last week.”
Brazil denied links between the listeriosis outbreak and the country’s imported meat.