re Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Stevensons LLP, a Toronto and Vaughan based
class action litigation firm today announced that it has been retained by
Toronto resident, Adrienne Adie, to investigate and pursue claims against
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc. arising out of the
distribution of food apparently contaminated with the deadly bacteria,
listeria monocytogenes. While the existing health hazard alerts from the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall some 23 ready-to-eat meat products
produced at Maple Leaf's establishment No.97B, Ms Adie became ill twice after
eating a different Maple Leaf product, Schneiders' All Beef Bologna, which
appears to originate from another Maple Leaf establishment.
    Stevensons LLP has today written to Maple Leaf requesting that the
companies carefully review the list of affected products and the distribution
establishments which are to be decontaminated.
    Stevensons LLP, partner Colin Stevenson said:
    "Ms. Adie has been to the hospital in an ambulance once already. Others
have died. This is a public health crisis. Maple Leaf Foods needs to expand
their testing and decontamination efforts to satisfy the public that the
problem has been contained."
    A notice of action is being issued today under the Class Proceedings Act
naming both Maple Leaf companies as Defendants. The claim alleges that the
Maple Leaf companies were negligent in the manufacturing, processing,
preparation, storage, handling, display, transportation and sale or offering
for sale of its products and may have exposed the plaintiff and class members
to the listeria bacteria. The claim is for $200,000,000 plus punitive and
exemplary damages of $50,000,000.

    Stevensons LLP is also co-lead counsel in the Sunrise Propane gas
explosion and the claim against Eli Lilly in respect of its atypical
anti-psychotic, zyprexa. Stevensons is also acting in the vioxx (Merck) class
action and other significant class actions.

For further information:

For further information: Colin Stevenson at (647) 258-8325 or visit the
firm's web site

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