So. Africa: Govt. issues safety recall notices to Enterprise Foods & Rainbow Chickens after listeriosis death toll reaches 180; WHO says largest outbreak recorded

Processed food manufacturers Enterprise Foods, a subsidiary of Tiger Brands, and Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL) have been issued with safety recall notices following the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Sunday. The Enterprise food production facility in Polokwane in Limpopo had been identified as the source of the current listeriosis outbreak, he told journalists at a media briefing in Johannesburg. As of March 2, the total number of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases had risen to 948 since January 2017. Of the 948, a total of 659 patients had been traced and 180 of them had died - a 27 percent fatality rate. Enterprise Foods has withdrawn all ready-to-eat meat products and has closed the two factories manufacturing these products‚ its parent company Tiger Brands said on Monday. However‚ Lawrence MacDougall‚ CEO of Tiger Brands‚ said there was no direct correlation between their products and the 180 deaths caused by the listeriosis outbreak. A number of countries in Southern Africa have banned imports of processed meat products from South Africa as a way of managing the outbreak. 

 

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26 November 2018

So. Africa: Tiger Brands agrees to class action over listeriosis outbreak

Author: Nomahlubi Jordaan, Times

"All 1,060 listeriosis victims could benefit as Tiger Brands agrees to class action", 23 Nov 2016

Lawyers representing victims of the listeriosis outbreak will approach the South Gauteng High Court to certify the litigation as a class action.  Thamsanqa Malusi, of Richard Spoor Attorneys, told...that they would approach the court on Wednesday...He said the firm would be representing everyone who had been affected by listeriosis...Attorney Richard Spoor said the positive aspect about the case was the fact that Tiger Brands, who is the respondent, is not opposing it being classified as a class action...He said despite the company and lawyers agreeing on the classification of the case, a judge would still need to make an order to that effect...This will be the first time that a class action is certified by agreement with respondents...

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2 April 2018

So. Africa: Survivors & families of victims of listeriosis outbreak file class action lawsuit against Tiger Brands

Author: Justin Brown, Fin 24 (So. Africa)

"Rights firm Spoor launches Tiger Brands class action", 1 Apr 2018

Richard Spoor Attorneys...launched an application in the Johannesburg High Court to have its case against Tiger Brands involving the outbreak of listeriosis certified as a class action...The 501-page court document lists 10 applicants in the matter...“It is not possible at this early stage to calculate the damages to which the claimants would be entitled if the liability of [Tiger Brands] and Enterprise Foods is established,” the group said...In its statement, Tiger Brands did not indicate whether it would oppose the class action application.  The applicants are from different areas across the country... The court papers list four different classes of people who were affected by the listeriosis outbreak between October 23 2016 and March 4.  The first class is listed as individuals who contracted Listeria but did not die as a result of eating meat produced by Enterprise Foods.  The second class is babies who contracted Listeria in utero but did not die as a result of their mothers eating Enterprise Foods products.  The third class is listed as individuals who were dependant on those who died after eating Enterprise Foods products.  The fourth class is listed as individuals who “are and/or were liable for the maintenance of, or were in fact maintaining, other individuals or who contracted an invasive infection of listeria as a result of eating Enterprise Foods products”, whether they died as a consequence of the infection or not....The applicants’ primary claim is based upon section 61 of the Consumer Protection Act...

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12 March 2018

So. Africa: Human Rights Lawyer says victims of world's biggest listeriosis outbreak to launch class-action case against Tiger Brands in two weeks

Author: Paul Burkhardt, Bloomberg (South Africa)

"Tiger Brands to Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Listeriosis", 12 March 2018

Victims of the world’s biggest listeriosis outbreak in South Africa plan to file a class-action case against Tiger Brands Ltd. within the next two weeks, according to a lawyer involved in the case. Richard Spoor, known in South Africa for his work for mineworkers seeking compensation for lung damage, is teaming up with Seattle-based firm Marler Clark on the listeriosis case, he said Monday. Tiger Brands’s Enterprise unit has closed two factories and recalled ready-to-eat meat products after government tests linked one of its facilities to the outbreak. “We have instructions from a large enough group of victims and a representative group of victims” to file a suit, Spoor said by phone. “We hope to file it this week or next.” Tiger Brands hasn’t received notification of any class action, said Nevashnee Naicker, a company spokeswoman...

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4 March 2018

Govt. issues Enterprise Foods & Rainbow Chicken with recall notices after companies' products tested positive to listeriosis

Author: Africa News Agency (South Africa)

"#Listeriosis: Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken issued with recall notices", 4 March 2018

Processed food manufacturers Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL) have been issued with safety recall notices following the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Sunday. The Enterprise food production facility in Polokwane in Limpopo had been identified as the source of the current listeriosis outbreak, he told journalists at a media briefing in Johannesburg. As of March 2, the total number of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases had risen to 948 since January 2017. Of the 948, a total of 659 patients had been traced and 180 of them had died - a 27 percent fatality rate...

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4 March 2018

Laywer says So. Africa could see biggest class action lawsuit following listeriosis outbreak

Author: Nomahlubi Jordaan, Times Live (South Africa)

"SA could see biggest class action lawsuit following listeriosis outbreak", 5 March 2018

South Africa could see one of the biggest class action lawsuits if families of those who died and those hospitalised after contracting listeriosis decide to sue. “There is a possibility of a class action. It could be South Africa’s real action. Whoever is responsible [for the outbreak] could face class action‚” consumer lawyer Janusz Luterek said. “The damages claimed and the legal costs incurred could be huge – many millions may be awarded per deceased victim‚ several million per victim requiring long-term care‚ thousands per victim that recovered‚” Luterek said...Retailers Woolworths and Pick n Pay have since immediately recalled all products linked to listeriosis. Pick n Pay said recalled products will be safely destroyed.

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4 March 2018

Tiger Brands' Enterprise Foods shuts two factories after govt. linked them to listeriosis outbreak; co. says no link showing its products caused deaths

Author: Ernest Mabuza & Nico Gous, Times Live (South Africa)

"Enterprise shuts two factories, says no link showing its products caused deaths", 5 March 2018

Enterprise Foods has withdrawn all ready-to-eat meat products and has closed the two factories manufacturing these products‚ its parent company Tiger Brands said on Monday. However‚ Lawrence MacDougall‚ CEO of Tiger Brands‚ said there was no direct correlation between their products and the 180 deaths caused by the listeriosis outbreak...MacDougall said although the National Consumer Commission ordered Enterprise Foods on Sunday to remove three products from the shelves‚ the company had decided to be extra vigilant and voluntarily recall all products produced in its facilities in Germiston‚ Gauteng‚ and Polokwane in Limpopo...“We immediately suspended operations at both Enterprise manufacturing facilities in Polokwane and in Germiston...MacDougall said the cost of the withdrawal was at the company’s expense and that it was busy calculating the costs. He refused to take blame for the deaths that had been caused by listeriosis. “We have had no direct link yet between our products and the deaths.”

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4 March 2018

WHO says So. Africa's listeria outbreak is the largest on record

Author: EyeWitness News (South Africa)

"SA's listeria outbreak is largest on record", 5 March 2018

The South Africa listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since January is the largest ever recorded globally, the World Health Organisation said on Monday. “Yes, this is the largest ever recorded outbreak of this severe form of listeriosis globally,” Peter K. Ben Embarek, who manages the WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network, told Reuters in an emailed response. Five Southern African Development Community countries have announced they are banning processed meat from South Africa. They include Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi and Uganda.

 

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