On Monday. Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said no new cases of listeriosis had been reported in the last three months. While this is good news for consumers who have been given the go-ahead to consume processed meat, it doesn’t mean implicated companies are off the hook.
Richard Spoor Attorneys are finalising the civil case they are planning to bring against Tiger Brands. The law firm’s Thamsanqa Malusi confirmed they were in discussions with Tiger Brands to finalise the certification for the class action. This, he said, should be done by next week.
Malusi said they had a formal mandate from 130 of the 1200 people who were affected by the outbreak. It was the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak, and led to the deaths of more than 200 people.
The source of the outbreak was traced to Tiger Brands’ Polokwane Enterprise factory and the Rainbow Chicken factory in Germiston.