The health department has warned the public about a hoax making the rounds on social media this week which advises South Africans not to buy or eat from supermarkets in Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The Department said the WhatsApp message was untrue.
Spokesperson Joe Maila said: “We want to state clearly there was never such warning posted on our website. There are procedures in place to ensure information placed on our website is accurate and verified by authorised officials. Matters of such public health magnitude are not dealt with simply by releasing a press statement.