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There are some 1,000 claimants in the class action lawsuit triggered by Listeria traced back to Tiger Brands' Enterprise polony factory. If they are all successful in those claims, best-guess estimates suggest they will be paid between R100 million and R2 billion.
The price of polony initially fell by 14.4%, but has recovered slightly and is now 3.8% cheaper than in 2017.
Over 200 people, including 80 babies, died in South Africa since a listeriosis outbreak was confirmed in South Africa. Woolworths just announced a new recall for fear of Listeria – though the risks should be small.
Meat, processed meat, and agricultural products already in Egypt are being held for testing, and new import permits have reportedly been frozen.
The company's own test confirms deadly listeria strain in its products.
Tiger Brands has closed its factory in Pretoria after it detected "low levels" of listeria at the plant.
After it found the deadly strain of listeria in its own products, Tiger Brands says it will – "in due course" – "take steps to consider and address" claims around listeriosis, just as long as the claims are valid, and there is a "tangible link" with its products.
All Snax cold meat products have just joined the list.
South Africa was this week rocked by the revelation of something that food safety experts have been saying for years: what we're eating could be killing us.
If you have any of these cold meats at home, return them to the store immediately
Tiger Brands is re-opening its meat products processing facility that was closed following a major listeriosis outbreak.
Woolworths recalls imported frozen savoury rice mix over Listeria fears.
Frozen pork meant for the currently closed Enterprise facility has so far tested negative for listeria, Tiger Brands says, but it still has R80 million worth to check.
On hold: 2.4 tonnes of beef exports to Rwanda every month, and 60 tonnes of fruit exports per year. And French apples already replaced South African ones on supermarket shelves.
The NICD is certain Tiger Brand's Enterprise factory – and only that factory – was responsible for spreading deadly listeria. But Tiger is not sure yet, and is using freedom of information rules to demand data.
Listeriosis is biting deep – and it will be deeper still if everyone shuns "value added meat products".
The Enterprise factories in Polokwane and Germiston factories were closed at the beginning of March.
Yet Woolies believes its products remain safe to eat.
Take meat to supermarkets to store until it can be safely disposed – but how that will be done is still very much an open question.
Supermarket giants Shoprite and Pick n Pay are moving to withdraw all products linked to the source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeria, which has claimed 180 lives.
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