Simply Chicken Vienna sausages back on shelves after company lost millions

The Simply Chicken range of Vienna sausages, which were taken off the shelves in the aftermath of last year's listeria outbreak, is now back on the market.

RCL Foods managing director for the consumer division, Scott Pitman says the company was thrown under the bus by the government because none of its products ever tested positive for listeriosis.

Read: Pork producers lost about R550 million due to listeriosis outbreak

What happened was, the supermarket trade, and in subsequent panic after that announcement by government, told us to remove our entire processed meat range which included our Viennas.

Scott Pitman, Managing director for the consumer division - RCL Foods

We have never and don't think we will ever test positive for any listeria.

Scott Pitman, Managing director for the consumer division - RCL Foods

At the cost of 100s of millions, we are finally back on both our polony and Vienna range.

Scott Pitman, Managing director for the consumer division - RCL Foods

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