A couple leaves the Tiger Brands factory shop in Germiston. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
JOHANNESBURG - A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday against South Africa's Tiger Brands after one of the company's food factories was linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since early 2017, the lawyer running the case said. 

Richard Spoor, a human rights advocate who previously masterminded a massive class action on behalf of gold miners with silicosis, filed the lawsuit on behalf of families affected by the listeria outbreak. 

The case against Tiger Brands was clear, Spoor said. A spokesperson for Tiger Brands confirmed the company had received the filing, the first lawsuit against it following the outbreak, and was reviewing its contents. Tiger Brands said it had received notice of two class action suits against the firm this month, estimated at R425million. 

- REUTERS