Tiger Brands is recalling yet another batch of products, a move that, along with a class action suit seeking up to R425m, could take the cost of the listeriosis crisis up to R800m. That is twice the R324m in operating profit generated by its snacks, treats and beverages division for the financial year to end-September. On Monday, the food producer recalled all products manufactured at its Value Added Meat Products Pretoria facility, which includes the Snax range of meat products, due to the detection of listeria monocytogenes. Tiger Brands was forced to recall its Enterprise polony and vienna products after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on March 4 that an investigation had traced the ST6 type (LST6) of the listeria bacteria — believed to be behind the outbreak and responsible for 91% of all infections in SA — to Tiger Brands’s Polokwane factory. Close competitor RCL Foods, the factories of which tested positive for contamination, attempted to deflect the government’s fi...

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