Tiger Brands has confirmed that the deadly listeriosis outbreak came from it's Polokwane factory.
The company conducted independent laboratory tests to confirm if the strain came from their factory.
Human rights attorney Richard Spoor had initially launched two lawsuit claims against the food giant.
Speaking to Ray White on The Midday report, Spoor says the confirmation by Tiger Brands is just a confirmation by what the Institute for Communicable Disease has been saying all along.
What today's statement amounts to is acknowledgement by the company that indeed this outbreak does come from their factory because we have not found an alternative source to this bacteria.— Richard Spoor, Human rights lawyer at Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys
Spoor says this admission strengthens this case against the company because there will be no dispute.
180 people died from the outbreak and Spoor says their are waiting for the certification from the court for the lawsuit.
It's never straight forward, so this acknowledgement doesn't put an end to this matter, there's a lot more to be done. Specifically we need to demonstrate in each individual case of the person who suffered damages that they are connected to this outbreak and that they are eligible for compensation.— Richard Spoor, Human rights lawyer at Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys
Meanwhile, Tiger Brands spokesperson, Nevashnee Naicker, says it took time because they needed to rely on scientific information.
It was very difficult for us to confirm anything that was put into the public domain. So we've undertaken our own independent testing and this is not new; this is the result we spoke about on the 14 February in a sample product.— Nevashnee Naicker, Tiger Corporate Communication Director
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