An Alberta court has reportedly approved a settlement agreement in a
class action stemming from an E. coli outbreak that resulted in the recall
of nearly 4 million pounds of beef in Canada and the United States,
amounting to the largest meat recall in Canadian history. Harrison v. XL
Foods Inc., No. 1203-14727 (Can. Alta. Q.B., order entered February 17,
2016). Under the settlement agreement, the class is open to consumers
in Canada and the United States who either purchased XL Foods Inc.’s
beef, thereby suffering an economic injury, or consumed it, causing them
to contract an illness. Eligible class members can receive a full refund
with proof of purchase or CAN $25 without. See CBC News, February 17,
2016.

 

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