Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday said he was happy that a class action was being brought against Tiger Brands' Enterprise Foods on behalf of victims from the deadly listeria bacteria in South Africa.
Motsoaledi said although penalties are imposed on companies by authorities, that does not help affected families in anyway.
"I am happy that there is a company from the [United States of America] USA that is taking this matter up, we welcome that.
"Such lawsuits has happened in America many times, where listeria outbreaks happen almost every year,'' he said.
Human rights lawyer Richard Spoor announced this week that he was is teaming up with US food safety law firm Marler Clark to launch law suites on behalf of victims' families.