Listeriosis Lawsuit Launched
A class action lawsuit against Tiger Brands Ltd is expected to be filed in the next two weeks.
According to Richard Spoor, an application for a certification of the class action has been filed in the South Gauteng High Court, in Johannesburg.
Spoor, who is known for helping mineworkers to seek compensation for lung damage, said: “We have instructions from a large enough group of victims and a representative group of victims. We hope to file it this week or next.”
Earlier this month, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that his department had traced the deadly strain of listeria to an Enterprise Foods production facility in Polokwane. Enterprise is a division of Tiger Brands.
Rainbow Chicken facilities were also implicated, but it has since been determined that the strain of listeria found there was not the deadly ST6 which caused the lethal outbreak.
Enterprise has been forced to close two factories, pending investigation, and has been forced to recall all ready-to-eat meat products across South Africa.
Richard Spoor explained that consumer protection rules state that harm caused by a defective product can hold the distributor strictly liable.
According to the World Health Organisation, this listeriosis outbreak, which killed at least 180 people, is considered the largest ever.