South African food business Tiger Brands has been given the all-clear by the country’s authorities to re-open a plant linked to a listeria outbreak which led to the death of more than 200 people.
The resumption of operations at the Tiger Brands factory in Polokwane comes nearly two months after the company received the go-ahead to restart production at another factory in Germiston.
South Africa issued a recall of all processed meat products called ‘polony’ and ordered the closure of some processing plants, including two belonging to Tiger Brands, in March after the disease killed more than 200 people.
Production of ready-to-eat products will resume immediately, Tiger Brands said in a statement.
The listeria outbreak was linked to the processed meat polony. South Africa issued a recall of all such products and ordered the closure of some processing plants, including two belonging to Tiger Brands, in March.
In May, Tiger Brands said the closures would cost it ZAR365m (US$25.9m). It is also facing a class action lawsuit from families of the victims of the outbreak.