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 Service
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
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
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
Hearings have been scheduled at the Court of Queen's Bench in
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 email@example.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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