An employee loads polony onto a truck at a Tiger Brands factory in Polokwane in March as part of a cleanup following a listeria outbreak. Picture: ALAISTER RUSSEL
An employee loads polony onto a truck at a Tiger Brands factory in Polokwane in March as part of a cleanup following a listeria outbreak. Picture: ALAISTER RUSSEL

Listed packaged goods company Tiger Brands — owner of the Enterprise, Bokkie and Oros brands — said on Friday it had reopened its Enterprise Foods factory in Germiston, with another facility in Polokwane likely to reopen in November.

The reopening of the plant will see the return to the shelves of its ready-to-cook products such as bacon and sausages since health minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced in March that there was a strain of listeria at Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory.

Following the announcement, Tiger Brands recalled Enterprise ready-to-eat meat products and closed four meat-processing facilities.

“This is a significant step for Enterprise Foods and we are excited to be re-entering the market. This is the first step in bringing back our Enterprise products and we will be providing our consumers with assurance of product safety through our on-pack seven-step farm-to-table quality check process,” Mary-Jane Morifi, Tiger Brands chief corporate affairs officer said on Friday.

Morifi said the quality check details, which will appear on the packaging, were in addition to the industry safety standards for the production of ready-to-eat processed meats.

She said the facility would resume production of ready-to-eat chilled processed meats such as polony and Russian sausages once refurbishments at the Polokwane facility had been concluded and the necessary assessments completed by the health department.

“We anticipate this to occur in November. However, the Enterprise Foods meat-canning operation, which is a separate unit on the Polokwane site, recommenced production on September 12. A certificate of acceptability for this operation was issued by the Capricorn municipality on August 31,” she said.

She said the company will make an announcement regarding the Pretoria facility soon. The Clayville abattoir in Olifantsfontein, which provides raw material to Tiger Brands’ processed meat production facilities and to the fresh meat market, was open and operational.

“We anticipate that the Polokwane facility will open in November, depending on the completion of the factory refurbishments and the certificate of acceptability that will be issued by the Capricorn municipality. We will make further announcements regarding the Pretoria facility in due course,” Morifi said.

She said the company could not confirm the absolute costs associated with the refurbishment of plants as the rehabilitation of the Polokwane facility was under way. “We anticipate the final cost to be between R50m and R70m,” she said.


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