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$24 Million Menu Foods Settlement Gets Preliminary OK

A $24 million settlement from Menu Foods’ pet food recall has been given a preliminary OK.

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$24 Million Menu Foods Settlement Gets Preliminary OK$24 Million Menu Foods Settlement Gets Preliminary OKpet food recall, settlementThe U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has given preliminary approval for a $24 million settlement agreement involving last year’s massive pet food recall.The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has given preliminary approval for a $24 million settlement agreement involving last year’s massive pet food recall.newslinePosted June 2, 2008, 9:02 p.m., EDT

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has given preliminary approval for a $24 million settlement agreement involving last year’s massive pet food recall.

Canada-based Menu Foods  was slapped with more than 100 class-action lawsuits after dogs and cats became ill or died as a result of eating the tainted food. The contaminants were discovered to be melamine and cyanuric acid, which were in ingredients from China that went into pet food in the United States.

The settlement agreement creates a settlement fund that will allow pet owners to potentially recover up to 100 percent of all economic damages, subject to certain limitations.

The fund, administered by a neutral claims administrator, will be available to persons in the United States and Canada who purchased or obtained, or whose pets used or consumed, recalled pet food.

A motion for final approval has been scheduled for Oct. 14. Those with potential claims can contact the claims administrator at 800-392-7785, www.petfoodsettlement.com (scheduled to be live by June 16) or by mail at:

Pet Food Products Liability Litigation
Claims Administrator
c/o Heffler, Radetich & Saitta LLP
P.O. Box 890    
Philadelphia, PA 19105-0890

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