The food group said it received the invitations from the High Court in South Gauteng in Johannesburg. Tiger brands intend to fight class action submission.
In February, the court found that Richard Spur lawyers could continue to demand a class action that represents more than a thousand people affected by listeriosis in 2017 and 2018, killing more than 200 people.
In a note to shareholders, Tiger Brands said that no specific damage would be required. The first phase of the class action refers to liability, not to the cost of damages, the statement said.
"The quantity of damage will be considered in the second phase of the class action, after the court makes a judgment on liability, and only if the court finds that the Company is responsible," the statement said.
The company said the plaintiffs had claimed damages in the sense of the Consumer Protection Act.
"As previously confirmed, the company has a cover for ensuring product liability for a group of its size. Coverage is subject to policy conditions and constraints," the statement said.