Tiger Brands is facing another legal challenge in the listeriosis class action lawsuit as its opponents haul the consumer goods company to court to force it to provide more information about its food safety processes, reports Business Day. The company’s Polokwane factory, which produces Enterprise polony, was identified by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases as the source of the world’s largest listeriosis outbreak, which killed 216 people in 2018.
The report says the latest legal action comes days after Tiger Brands said it had reached an agreement to sell its Enterprise meat processing factories, linked to the outbreak, and inventory to a subsidiary of Country Bird Holdings, a chicken producer, for R311m. It has indemnified the new owner from liability.
Richard Spoor Attorneys has approached the Johannesburg High Court to ask it to force Tiger Brands to provide relevant documentation around its food safety systems at its Polokwane factory. Lawyer Catherine Marcus from Richard Spoor Attorneys said the documents were required by the end of May. But Tiger Brands has missed the deadline.
Marcus is quoted in Business Day as saying it “strains credulity to believe that more than two years after Tiger’s Polokwane facility was identified as the source of a listeriosis outbreak that killed more than 200 people and sickened hundreds more, Tiger has not yet been able to identify and compile the most relevant documents and records”.
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