Listeriosis outbreak: Tiger Brands opposes applications for class action


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JOHANNESBURG - Tiger Brands will oppose two applications for class action lawsuits over the listeriosis outbreak.

Tiger Brands and its subsidiary Enterprise Foods are respondents in the matter.

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In March, ten applicants approached the South Gauteng High Court to sue the companies for death and injury they claim resulted from listeriosis. The court is yet to make a ruling on the applications for the lawsuits. 

Tiger Brands said it is opposing is the fact that two class actions are being brought simultaneously as procedurally this is not possible.

The applicants argue specific cases are linked to products from an Enterprise plant in Polokwane, which produced contaminated processed meat products like polony. 

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Almost a thousand cases of listeriosis have been confirmed. The World Health Organisation said it is the largest outbreak ever recorded

According to the National Institute of Communicable Disease&39;s latest report, 191 people have died.