Maple Leaf Agrees to Settle Food-Poisoning Lawsuits (Update1)

 

Source of Article: Maple Leaf Agrees to Settle Food-Poisoning Lawsuits (Update1)

By Joe Schneider

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Maple Leaf Foods Inc., the maker of meat products that Canadian officials linked to food poisoning and 37 deaths, agreed to pay as much as C$27 million ($22 million) to settle related lawsuits.

The settlement must be approved by judges in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, Bruneau Group Inc., the administrator of a fund Toronto-based Maple Leaf agreed to create, said in a statement.

Maple Leaf said Aug. 20 it recalled meat products at a Toronto plant after finding listeria, a type of bacteria that can lead to fevers and death. There were 41 confirmed cases of people being sickened as of Dec. 8, according to public-health officials.

People who had symptoms consistent with listeriosis are eligible for compensation ranging from C$750 to C$125,000, the administrator said. Estates of people who died will be paid at least C$120,000. People and businesses who bought recalled products for resale arenít part of the settlement, Bruneau said.

A hearing to approve the accord is scheduled for March 10 in Regina, Saskatchewan. In Toronto, the hearing is scheduled for March 5 and in Montreal on March 20, Bruneau said.

Merchant Law Group LLP represented plaintiffs throughout Canada. Other law firms were involved in Ontario and Quebec.

Linda Smith, a Maple Leaf spokeswoman, didnít immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Saskatchewan case is Between Michelle Whelan and Maple Leafs Foods Inc. Court of Queenís Bench (Regina).

 

By Joe Schneider

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Maple Leaf Foods Inc., the maker of meat products that Canadian officials linked to food poisoning and 37 deaths, agreed to pay as much as C$27 million ($22 million) to settle related lawsuits.

The settlement must be approved by judges in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, Bruneau Group Inc., the administrator of a fund Toronto-based Maple Leaf agreed to create, said in a statement.

Maple Leaf said Aug. 20 it recalled meat products at a Toronto plant after finding listeria, a type of bacteria that can lead to fevers and death. There were 41 confirmed cases of people being sickened as of Dec. 8, according to public-health officials.

People who had symptoms consistent with listeriosis are eligible for compensation ranging from C$750 to C$125,000, the administrator said. Estates of people who died will be paid at least C$120,000. People and businesses who bought recalled products for resale arenít part of the settlement, Bruneau said.

A hearing to approve the accord is scheduled for March 10 in Regina, Saskatchewan. In Toronto, the hearing is scheduled for March 5 and in Montreal on March 20, Bruneau said.

Merchant Law Group LLP represented plaintiffs throughout Canada. Other law firms were involved in Ontario and Quebec.

Linda Smith, a Maple Leaf spokeswoman, didnít immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Saskatchewan case is Between Michelle Whelan and Maple Leafs Foods Inc. Court of Queenís Bench (Regina).

 

 

 

Main Page

setstats††††††††††† Copyright (C) All rights reserved under FoodHACCP.com

††††††††††† If you have any comments, please  send your email to info@foodhaccp.com