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A settlement, which resolves the action in its entirety, has been approved by the Alberta Court in the class action relating to the fall 2012 recall of beef products processed by XL Foods.

You could be eligible for settlement benefits if you purchased or consumed recalled beef or if you purchased beef that could not be positively identified as not being recalled beef.

A class action lawsuit has been commenced against XL Foods Inc. (“XL Foods”) in connection with the fall 2012 recall of beef products processed at the XL Foods facility in Brooks, Alberta. The recall was issued as a result of a possible E. coli contamination.

The class action alleges that XL Foods negligently produced certain beef products processed at the Brooks facility. Specifically, the claim alleges that XL Foods was negligent in the design and implementation of control, sampling and testing procedures and that, upon discovering the possible E. coli contamination, XL Foods was negligent in managing the resulting product recall.

You can apply for monies under the settlement if:

(a) you consumed Recalled XL Beef and experienced a personal injury as a result. You can claim both for your personal injury and a refund of the purchase price (if you haven’t already received a refund); or

(b) you purchased Recalled XL Beef or Unidentifiable Beef and disposed of the beef without receiving a refund.

Symptoms associated with E. coli exposure typically appear one to ten days after exposure and include: severe stomach cramps; watery or bloody diarrhea; vomiting; nausea; headache; and little or no fever. Some people can develop more serious consequences, such as kidney failure, seizures and stroke. E. coli exposure can also exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions.



March 6, 2019 - The Court issued orders with respect to appeals that were filed by 12 claimants. The court has set a deadline of April 6th for any requests for a further review by the 12 - assuming there are no review requests by one of the 12, the Claims Administrator will be issuing cheques in April.


January 15, 2019 - The court appointed referee has now issued decisions on the 12 appeals that were filed. The deadline for a party seeking a review of an appeal decision is February 7, 2019. If no review applications are filed, the Claims Administrator will issue cheques thereafter.


October 25, 2018 - The Court is working on the appeal decisions. There is no updated timeline for when the decisions will be issued. Thank you for your patience.


July 9, 2018 - The appeal decisions remain pending at this time. We do not have an estimated time which we can provide in terms of the expected date for receipt of the appeal decisions. A further update will be posted as soon as we have more information. Thanks for your patience.