The class action alleged that XL Foods Inc. negligently produced certain beef products processed at its Brooks, Alberta facility. Specifically, the claim alleged that XL Foods Inc. was negligent in the design and implementation of control, sampling and testing procedures, and that, upon discovering the possible E. coli contamination, XL Foods Inc. was negligent in managing the resulting product recall.
The class action sought damages on behalf of persons who purchased recalled beef and were unable to obtain a refund, persons who consumed recalled beef and suffered resulting injury or illness, and persons who purchased beef products and were unable to determine that the beef products in question were not part of the recall and therefore disposed of the product without being able to obtain a refund.
A settlement was achieved with the Defendant in the amount of CDN$4 million. The deadline for applying to receive settlement benefits has passed and all settlement funds have been distributed.