Menu Foods Reaches Settlement Agreement

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Here is a press release dated April 1 on Menu Foods website:

Menu Foods Income Fund (TSX: MEW.UN) announced that the parties to the Pet Food Multi-District Litigation (including Menu Foods) today advised the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that their mediation has produced a comprehensive, cross-border agreement in principle between the parties, addressing all major terms of settlement.

The settlement in principle is subject to several conditions, including the approval of certain other parties, the execution of a definitive settlement agreement and review and approval of the U.S. District Court and the Canadian courts. The parties advised the court that they are confident that a definitive settlement agreement can be reached.

The definitive terms of settlement, together with a motion for preliminary approval thereof, are scheduled to be filed with the U.S. District Court on May 1, 2008, with the hearing scheduled to occur at 11:00 a.m. on May 14, 2008. The scheduling for Canadian court approval has not yet been determined, but is expected to occur in a similar time frame.

The settlement amount will be funded by the defendants, including Menu Foods and its product liability insurer. Menu Foods estimate for recall costs remains unchanged at Cdn.$55 million. Pet owners with potential claims should not contact Menu Foods regarding the agreement in principle. If and when a definitive settlement agreement and claims process have been finalized and approved, the administrator of the settlement fund will give notice to pet owners with details on the procedure for making claims on the settlement fund.

(Thanks Carol)

60 Responses to “Menu Foods Reaches Settlement Agreement”

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  1. Carol says:

    For those readers that no longer see the button for the forum–you can go there directly with this link!

  2. dave says:

    I have had pets all my life. Many dogs, over the years. We have never had food problems before.
    We currently have two dogs, a Lab and a Rotweiller. We have been feeding them Beneful for the past few years without any problems.
    In March, 2008, the Rot was suddenly sick, lethargic, no appetite, drank a lot of water, ate dirt, and had diarrhea. The Lab refused to eat the dry food at all, even after my wife tried mixing in table scraps. Turns out she is a very smart dog.
    I changed their diet to fresh cooked chicken and hamburger, rice and some veggies. The Rot immediately started to improve and had more energy. My wife again gave him the dry food for a day and he went back down. This time, he is not coming back out of it.
    My wife’s parents also used Beneful, purchased from the same store, for their Doberman. She has been devastated by this food. She can hardly stand anymore and has to be helped outside.
    All the symptoms sound just like the problems from 1.5 years ago with canned food that included the wheat gluten and melamine.

  3. Odes Luvs her Kitties says:

    I am trying to find out how to register for a Canadian Settlement. Menu Foods already paid out a claim to my Vets Office in April and May of 2007 for my Kitties because of them eating Royal Canin bought at the Vets. One of them was severely affected. This one now has residual kidney function and now it turns out since then digestive problems — diarreahha and not getting very much nutrient value from the food. I also have to buy special food due to food sensitivities. Menu Foods only paid for the initial up front costs and I have been paying all the rest. We are regular visitors to the Vet. My poor baby is on pills daily and now is on needles. The Vet and I agree that Menu Foods is responsible and should be paying this bill. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You.


  4. Tee Cooley says:

    I also bought Beneful a year ago and my dogs loved it. But I just bought it again 2 weeks ago and my dogs wont touch it. I had lost a Chow Chow Feb 2007 from the dog food recall, her kidneys failed but before they did she suffered for weeks, the vet said it would be best to put her down. Now I just read that some one eles has recently had problems with the Beneful dog food. Im scared to death to lose another pet. Does anyone know more about this food.

  5. Tee Cooley says:

    Dave have you found anything out about the Beneful dog food yet, I too am having problems.

  6. Julie P Brandt says:

    My cats and my vet started the pet food recall in 2007. I lost 3 cats. DO NOT but food from the grocerie store. Solid Gold, Life Abundance, Canidae, Evangers, wonderful human grade ingrediants and none of theses foods were affected by the pet food recall. For those of you who need prescription foods, Wysong carries an entire line which your vet can order for you. No Science Diet. Dont buy it.

  7. Carol A. says:

    Really don’t buy commercial pet food! Forget those “prescription diet” formulas the vets are pushing.


    for dogs

    for cats

    Unfortunately because there is no regulation of the pet food industry — and no inspection about the many species-inappropriate (not to mention contaminated) ingredients in pet food, the industry cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Their goal is profits NOT healthy pet food.

  8. Carol says:

    For those pet owners coming here to find out info about the recall and how to file a claim—this is the website that should tell you what to do…

  9. LoveyHowell says:

    OPT OUT of this settlement and get the lying pet food companies in front of a jury!
    The pet food companies won’t know what hit ‘em once a jury hits them smack in the profits for selling roadkill, rendered down dead pets and expired drugs as “premium” pet food.

    Once people hear about the lies and intimidation and delays and all the reprehensible underhanded things that the pet food companies have done, including hiring people to come onto pet forums and lie for them and harassing grieving pet owners, 24 MILLION is what ONE lawsuit could get from a jury.

    Take ENOUGH money away from these poisoners and get ENOUGH light beaming down on these cockroaches so there will be changes made.

    A lot of crappy disgusting things have been inflicted on pet owners with poisoned pets, these last 18 months.
    It is hight time to inflict pain on the poisoners.

  10. LoveyHowell says:

    MenuFoods and the other pet food companies are dancing, with great glee, on the GRAVES OF OUR DEAD PETS!

    And they are planning to dance on the graves of those pets still suffering and dying.


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