I started this website almost 5 long years ago to try and bring attention to the absolute debacle that was the Bonsoy recall of December 2009 and Spiral Foods’ absolute dismissal of the possibility their product was making people gravely sick.
I started this website with the intent that affected victims could find each other, band together, and gain justice through legal action.
It was this site’s mission to hold someone accountable.
Today I’m glad to say that it appears we might be close to getting that justice, with an announcement that the Bonsoy Class Action against Spiral Foods has settled.
The action against Spiral Foods has reached a proposed settlement of A$25 Million, with the court needing to approve the settlement to allow it to be finalised and settlement funds distributed to victims.
There is no admission of liability on behalf of Spiral but I understand that is standard in cases like this.
For those reading who were unaware of the class action, and who were affected: I’m sorry but I don’t know what your avenues are. I suspect you could pursue Spiral Foods directly with the assistance of a law firm. Maurice Blackburn can’t help you personally pursue any action, but they may be able to offer you some general advice on whom to contact. Your best bet is to contact Maurice Blackburn directly. Contact them here.
I’d like to thank all the people who provided me information (especially a particular person in NZ who had already done a lot of research), shared their stories, or just lent words of support.
I think the lead plaintiff deserves a special thanks for being prepared to put herself in that position: her suffering due to the use of Bonsoy is particularly horrible (as is the case for many others), so it took particular courage to go through all that: thanks Erin.
Lastly, thanks to Irina, Roisin and the team at Maurice Blackburn for taking this case on. Other law firms showed zero interest in this, and I think it speaks to Maurice Blackburn’s social justice conscience that they took this case on.
Many people were made gravely ill through the innocent use of a product which proclaimed to be healthy, and was heavily marketed as such.
From miscarriages, surgery, lifelong illness, loss of marriages, loss of careers and general illness, people were affected in all manner of ways. So to all of you who were affected, I hope the financial settlement lowers your burden, and I truly hope you can get as well as you can, as soon as you can.
Best wishes to you all.
Here are the salient links as they come to hand. Nice to see mainstream media report this after it’s all finalised rather than earlier (which might have helped some people find out about this before the class action closed).
- The Guardian
- The Age
- Smart Company
- Maurice Blackburn press release (PDF)
- ABC News
- SBS News
- Herald Sun