South Africa Enterprise Foods Listeria Outbreak

The South Africa Department of Health announced a Listeria outbreak in December 2017. South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that the source of the outbreak was two brands of polony manufactured by Tiger Brands of Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken Limited. Health officials traced the source to the Enterprise food-production facility in Polokwane.

As of April 6, 2018, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) reports 999 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases from all provinces since January 1, 2017. Of those 999 cases, 191 deaths have been reported. To date, this is the largest Listeria outbreak in history.

South Africa’s National Consumer Commission ordered a recall of all Enterprise polony, smoked Russians, frankfurters, and Rainbow brand chicken products.

Symptoms of Listeria include:

·       Fever

·       Muscle ache

·       Nausea or diarrhea

If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms include:

·       Headache

·       Stiff neck

·       Confusion

·       Loss of balance

·       Convulsions

Pregnant women experience mild, flu-like symptoms. However, Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth.

If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms contact the Centre for Enteric Diseases at (011) 555-0343.

Marler Clark is partnering with the offices of Richard Spoor in South Africa to help victims of this Listeria outbreak. For more information on the outbreak and class action suit against Enterprise Foods go to

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.  

If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation.  

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