Tiger Brands has closed a third factory amid the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa and also recalled their ready-to-eat SNAX products.

‘Very low levels’ of listeria were found in products at the company’s Value Added Meat Product (VAMP) factory in Pretoria. Although the levels detected are well within the government standards for the presence of listeria, Tiger Brands has stated that the precautionary measure of closing down the factory has been taken.

They have also issued a countrywide recall of the SNAX product range because they produce the goods at the same Pretoria factory.

In another move to lessen the spread of the bacteria, Tiger Brands has begun winding down production at its Clayville abattoir, production will completely shut down by the end of March. The abattoir was the primary meat supplier for their Polokwane, Germiston and Pretoria factories implicated in the outbreak.

Tiger Brands has also said all their time and energy will go into understanding how the listeria bacterium ST6 infiltrated the VAMP facility.

On 15 March, the company confirmed in a statement that it had conducted independent testing, which confirmed the presence of the ST6 listeria strain in its Polokwane facility. This was confirmed by the National Department of Health on 8 March, after environmental swabs were collected from the factory on 2 March.

“We acknowledge and recognise that we are dealing with a national crisis which has impacted customers, consumers and the industry. Tiger Brands wants to be at the forefront of finding a solution,” Tiger Brands CEO, Lawrence MacDougall, said.

The suspension in production at its Polokwane, Germiston, Pretoria and Clayville sites has resulted in a loss of R337-million – R377-million thus far.

Tiger Brands, however, is not the only company to announce a national recall.

Here is a list of products retailers and producers have recalled: Pick and Pay

  • PNP Fresh Black pepper Chicken Roll (4X2.5kg =10kg)
  • PNP Fresh Garden Herb Chicken Roll (4X2.5kg =10kg)
  • PNP Fresh Plain Chicken Roll (4X2.5kg =10kg)
  • PNP Fresh Sweet Chilli Roll (4X2.5kg =10kg)
  • PNP Fresh Cheese Chicken Roll (4X2.5kg =10kg)


  • Fresh Polony 1kg
  • Simply Chicken Chakalaka Polony 1kg
  • Simply Cheese Polony 700g
  • Simply Chicken Original 1kg
  • Simply Chicken Peri Peri Polony 1kg
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Original 750g
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Polony Polony 400g
  • Rainbow IQF Chilli Russians 1kg
  • Rainbow IQF cheese Russians 850g
  • Rainbow IQF original Russian 1kg
  • Farmer Brown cabinet Loaves
  • Farmer Brown Roast Chicken Loaf 500g
  • Farmer Brown  Capsicum pepper loaf 500g
  • Farmer Brown Garlic & herb loaf 500g
  • Framer Brown Deli loaves
  • Farmer Brown Capscum Pepper Loaf (4X2.5kg =10kg)
  • Farmer Brown B Roast Chicken Loaf (4X2.5kg =10kg)
  • Farmer Brown B Garlic & Herb Chicken Loaf (4X2.5kg =10kg)
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Mini Cheese Viennas 240g
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Mini Viennas 240g
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Viennas assorted 1kg
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Viennas assorted 1kg
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Viennas 500g
  • Rainbow Simply Chicken Viennas 500g

Enterprise  All ready-to eat-processed meat products under the following brands:

  • Bokkie
  • Renown
  • Enterprise Lifestyle Range
  • Mieliekip
  • SNAX ready-to-eat meats


  • Wafer thin Chargrilled Ham 125g
  • Waferthin Roasted Chicken 125g
  • Waferthin Smoked Ham 125g
  • Waferthin Cooked Ham 125g
  • Waferthin Smoked Chicken 125g
  • 500g Smoked Viennas
  • 1kg Smoked Viennas
  • 500g Red Viennas
  • 1kg Red Viennas
  • 375g Cocktail Viennas
  • 125g Smoked Cheesy Viennas 400g
  • Bulk Salami Sticks 150g
  • Salami Sticks 85g
  • Plain Salami Sticks 85g
  • Spicy Salami Sticks 60g
  • Plain Salami Bites 150g
  • Spicy Salami Sticks 85g
  • Coriander Salami 60g
  • Spicy Salami Bites 250g
  • Smoked and Roasted Gammon
  • Sliced Lean Ham 125g
  • Sliced Cooked Ham 250g
  • Sliced Cooked Ham 125g
  • 250g Ham Selection
  • Assorted Cold Meat 200g
  • Sliced Salami 100g
  • Salami 100g
  • German Salami
  • 100g Sliced Peppered Salami
  • 100g Spicy Salami
  • 125g Country Ham


  • Farmer’s Deli red viennas, 500g and 1kg
  • Farmer’s Deli smoked viennas, 500g and 1kg

All products should be responsibly disposed of, or returned to the retailer it was purchased from for a full refund.

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.