Maple Leaf Foods settles class-action lawsuits

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TORONTO — Subject to court approvals in Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario, Maple Leaf Foods has reached a settlement with the counsel groups who launched class-action lawsuits following a Listeriosis outbreak earlier this year that was linked to products made at one of the company’s processing plants.

The class actions were launched on behalf of people who consumed or purchased for consumption products that were subject to the recall in August 2008 due to possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. The settlement amount will be $25 million, increasing by up to $2 million to the extent that claims and costs may exceed $25 million.

Michael H. McCain, president and chief executive officer, said the company’s goal throughout this legal process has been to negotiate a fair and early settlement so Maple Leaf may obtain court approvals and promptly compensate families who were affected.

"This was a tragic experience and I want to acknowledge the cooperation of all the parties involved to ensure that people affected receive timely restitution," he added.

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