Settlement Reached in Pet Food Recall

Mediation involving Menu Foods yields a comprehensive agreement.

Posted: April 2 2008 12 p.m. EDT

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Parties involved in settlement talks for class-action litigation stemming from last year’s melamine-spurred pet food recalls have reached a comprehensive, cross-border agreement, Menu Foods Income Fund, parent of Menu Foods, reported in early April.
The settlement is subject to various conditions, including the approval of certain other parties, the execution of a definitive settlement agreement, and U.S. and Canadian court approval.

Furthermore, Menu expects the definitive terms of the settlement and a motion for preliminary approval will be filed in U.S. District Court (in New Jersey) on May 1, with a hearing scheduled for May 14. The Canadian court is expected to consider the matter at about the same time, Menu reported.

Menu and its insurer would fund the settlement, and Menu estimates its direct recall costs (which don’t include lost sales) will remain at about $55 million Canadian (about $54 million U.S. at early April exchange rates).

If approved, a settlement administrator will notify pet owners on how to make claims on the settlement fund.

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Eric    Berlin, NJ

1/21/2009 10:19:45 AM

My cat was a victim but the pet manufacturers lied about what types caused it...namely Max Cat dry hairball formula was what I believed caused it, wet food was on list. Purina friskies canned food was not on the list, I fed my cats the two foods but my male cat ate the dry food and he was stricken. Cost me $900 Vet emergency treatment which saved him by flushing out his renal system.I did not file a claim as I have since discarded food because it was not on list.

Bob    Solvay, NY

4/6/2008 9:22:09 PM

Glad to see this problem resolved!

Laurie    Erie, PA

4/6/2008 8:18:04 AM

It should have cost them more.....Companies need to be more responsible when dealing with consumer products. It isn't all about money!

Lisa    Atlanta, GA

4/5/2008 7:18:39 AM

I'm not sure that this settlement will help fix the food safety problem and it certainly can't compensate for the loss of a companion!

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