Massive civil suit looms in the wake of world's worst listeriosis outbreak

Massive civil suit looms in the wake of world's worst listeriosis outbreak

- A massive court action is being brought against Tiger Brands after the worlds largest and deadliest listeriosis outbreak

- The source of the outbreak has been revealed as being a factory owned by Tiger Brands

- Tiger Brands argues that there is no direct link between their products and the deaths of the victims

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Victims of the worlds worst listeriosis outbreak are being asked to join a class action suit against Tiger Brands. The Department of Health revealed that the origin of the listeriosis outbreak was an Enterprise factory in Limpopo.

Briefly.co.za confitmed that Attorney Richard Spoor said that his firm would start legal action against Tiger Brands after the listeria epidemic claimed the lives of 180 people, a large number of the victims were infants.

If successful the court action could result in Tiger Brands being ordered to pay out damages to the affected consumers which could run into tens of millions of rands according to news24.com.

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The outbreak began in January 2017 and since then 948 people have been affected. Listeriosis is a bacterial disease which can contaminate fresh food, usually meat.

Several African countries have imposed import restrictions after the Department of Health announced the source of the outbreak.

A class action lawsuit is when a group of people with a common cause or complaint or their surviving relatives join together in a single lawsuit. Some victims may not join in of the class action but they might bring their own legal actions against Tiger Brands.

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Tiger Brands chief executive Lawrence MacDougall argued that although the outbreak allegedly began at a factory owned by Tiger Brands there was no direct link between their food products and the deaths of the victims.

Spoor argues to the contrary and that the particular strain of the bacteria, ST6, was common in nearly all of the victims and was found in the Tiger Brands owned factory.

"That looks to us to be an overwhelmingly strong case, it's like a fingerprint -- or the marks on a bullet fired from a gun," he said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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