I know it’s been a LONG time since I had an update – slllllllowly wind the wheels of justice.
Anyway, here’s what I know.
The Bonsoy class action had a directions hearing last Friday in the Supreme Court. As part of the orders made, the case has been referred for mediation, which must happen by end of October this year.
As you may (or may not) know, Spiral Foods brought (joined) the Japanese manufacturer (Marusan-ai) and exporter (Muso) into the court case, claiming that they supplied Spiral with bad product. In the defences that the manufacturer and exporter filed, they say that Spiral contacted them in mid-2006 and asked about iodine levels in Bonsoy because of a query by a concerned consumer.
The manufacturer tested Bonsoy and found that it had pretty much the same iodine levels as were found at the time of the recall – ie very high. They say that those test results were then provided to the exporter and to Spiral Foods.
So it looks like the problem existed for years and at least as far back as 2006 Spiral knew exactly how much iodine Bonsoy contained.
My comment: what this to me at least shows, is that Spiral has a case to answer. They pretty much knew that Bonsoy was high in iodine as far back as 2006. It’s my understanding the original query to the manufacturer was triggered by an ill consumer.
This poses the question: if Spiral asked for an iodine level test, due to a query from an ill consumer, and were informed that the product was high in iodine, wouldn’t this raise some serious concerns in Spiral to try and mitigate any potential issues?
I will have more news as it comes to hand.