February 2, 2009

Canada listeriosis cases settled for $27M

People sickened in last year's listeriosis outbreak in Canada may get up to $125,000 each under a $27 million settlement, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. said Monday.

Maple Leaf Foods said the amount each victim receives will depend on the severity of their symptoms, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Under terms of the settlement off the class-action suit, those people whose symptoms lasted 24-48 hours could get $750, while those with serious or long-lasting physical injuries could get up to $125,000.

The food-poisoning outbreak, traced to a Maple Leaf plant in Toronto, killed at least 20 people. The estates of those who died will be paid $120,000 each plus substantial amounts to immediate family members, the company said in a statement.

Maple Leaf had announced last month that a settlement had been reached but Monday's announcement provided details. The settlement still needs court approval in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.

People who ate the company's meat products purchased between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2008, are eligible to register claims.