Tainted meat victims offered up to $125,000: Maple Leaf

 Source of Article: http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/Tainted+meat+victims+offered/1244411/story.html

 

By Becky Rynor, Canwest News ServiceFebruary 2, 2009 10:01 AM

 

 

Maple Leaf Foods Inc., said settlements could range up to $125,000 for claimants who had serious and long-lasting physical injuries from consuming the tainted meats. Claimants who suffered physical symptoms consistent with listeriosis and lasting between 24 and 48 hours will be in line for settlements of about $750.

TORONTO Maple Leaf Foods Inc., said Monday it has reached a proposed settlement for individuals who consumed or purchased contaminated deli meats from a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto last year.

In a news release Monday, the company said settlements could range up to $125,000 for claimants who had serious and long-lasting physical injuries from consuming the tainted meats. Claimants who suffered physical symptoms consistent with listeriosis and lasting between 24 and 48 hours will be in line for settlements of about $750.

Maple Leaf also says it will pay $120,000 to the estates of those who died from the listeriosis outbreak, "plus additional substantial amounts to immediate family members."

The news release also said legal fees and administration costs would also be paid out of the $25 million settlement fund. An additional $2 million will be added to the settlement fund if it is found to be insufficient.

All aspects of this proposed settlement are subject to court approval.

After an extensive investigation last summer, Maple Leaf said it believed two slicers at its Toronto plant had been harbouring the deadly Listeria monocytogenes bacterium.

Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, a food-borne illness particularly threatening to infants, pregnant women and the elderly.

The outbreak triggered a massive nationwide recall of deli meats in August and was linked to at least 20 deaths in Canada in 2008.

The proposed settlement affects people who ate or purchased certain food products between January 1, 2008 and August 31, 2008.

The terms are still subject to court approval in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.

Hearings have been scheduled at the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatchewan on March 10; at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on March 5 and at the Superior Court of Quebec in Montreal on March 20.

The company said claimants who support the proposed settlement do not need to appear at the hearings.

However, if the settlement is approved, claimants will have to complete and return a claim form which can be obtained by calling a toll-free number 1-800-801-2521, by going to the company's website at www.mapleleafclaim.com or by e-mailing a request to info@mapleleafclaim.com.

Claimants have until 5 p.m. ET July 31, 2009, to submit the form.

Anyone wishing to oppose the settlement should submit a written objection according to the procedures and deadlines described on the website no later than March 2, 2009.

 

 

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