Wednesday, November 26, 2014

XL customers lawsuit settled

Customers whose XL Foods Inc. beef was recalled will be able to share in a $1-million settlement to a class-action lawsuit, says Rick Mallett, a lawyer for the Edmonton law firm handlng the case.

He said the proposal will go before a judge early next year for approval.

"The parties have reached a settlement on beef refund claims subject to approval of the court," Mallett said Tuesday following a hearing in Court of Queen's Bench.

"It applies to anyone who purchased recalled beef — XL beef — and disposed of it and didn't get a refund."

XL Foods recalled more than 1.8 million kilograms of beef in Canada and the United States.

In its statement of defence the company has denied liability and the allegations contained in the class action. The plant in Brooks was sold to JBS Canada last year.

The recall in 2012 was the largest meat volume in Canadian history, but far from the largest in terms of people who got sick.