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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.



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.