Tiger Brands received confirmation from an independent laboratory on Wednesday of the presence of the deadly listeria bacteria at their Polokwane factory.
The company faces two class-action suits over the outbreak of listeriosis, which has killed more than 180 people. The total claim against Tiger Brands stands at around R400-million.
Listeria contaminates dairy products like unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses; unwashed vegetables; ready-to-eat meat, like polony and fish products.
Furthermore, two of the country’s top legal experts believe that Tiger Brands will possibly pay between R100,000 and R3 million to the families of victims who passed away from listeriosis.