The Regina-based Merchant Law Group launched the class action in Ottawa on Monday. Lawyer Tony Merchant said his new clients, more than 100 of whom are B.C. residents, have a strong case.
The lawsuit involves people who have suffered illness, death, mental distress or financial losses as a result of the tainted meat and recall. The law firm sources said that the lawsuit involves people who have suffered illness, death, mental distress or financial losses as a result of the tainted meat and recall. If the lawsuit is successful, the compensation could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, Merchant predicted.
Lawyer Tony Merchant said,”I would never have guessed yesterday that we’d have 1,100 people contact us, and I think they’ll find that there are bigger problems here than they’d expected.”
The outbreak is expected to feature prominently in a roundtable discussion on food security being held in Winnipeg today. Some Winnipeg eateries and grocers have been affected by the recall, but those who use more local products haven’t been hit as hard.
As precautions, health officials suggests some tips like: Don’t eat any ready-to-eat meat products unless you’re sure they haven’t been recalled by Maple Leaf Foods.
- If you have meat products out of their original packaging, contact the store you bought them from to see if they are on the recall list.
- Throw out any meat products whose origin you can’t determine.
- Throw out or return any recalled products.
- If you have eaten a recalled product but feel fine, there is no need to seek medical attention.
- Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms of listeriosis — fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, stiff neck or weakness.