A joint investigation involving multiple public health agencies and officials.
The NCID's team tasked with finding the source of the outbreak worked relentlessly for months, taking no time off, starting workdays at 05:30 and facing "hectic exhaustion".
Listeriosis is a bacterial infection that can cause severe illness - including severe sepsis, meningitis, or encephalitis - sometimes resulting in lifelong harm and even death.
An Incident Management Team was formed.
He said 900 health inspectors were retrained and they inspected 157 factories.
On Monday Motsoaledi said recent reports of the sale of expired foods had been proved in some instances, but he said he was yet to see any proof of "fake food" as alleged by concerned consumers on social media.
While the department has identified an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane as the source of the outbreak, the cause of the listeria bacteria is still unknown. This ongoing process is expected to continue into September 2018. For the past three months, no new cases of listeria of the outbreak strain has been identified.
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According to the World Health Organisation, this outbreak was the largest recorded globally to date.
The council noted that pork prices have dropped dramatically since the outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa, and while July reflected a recovery, prices are still 3.8% lower than July 2017.
"No cases of listeria, due the outbreak strain, has been identified since the first week of June, 2018". This support by WHO is in line with global health regulations.
The emergency response plan will continue to be carried out.
He also said that despite concerted efforts, investigators have not been able to pinpoint exactly where the outbreak originated.
With the Health Department's announcement comes the reassurance that RTE processed meat can now be safely consumed, just as it was before the outbreak.