Sunday, May 1, 2005

Putting the "class" in "class action"

Class action takes on a new meaning in this curiousity from a London Community Foundation news release. If a lawsuit is initiated on behalf of consumers, who incidentally were not consulted about actions to be taken on their behalf, and the proceeds of the settlement are to be distributed "in a way that benefits Canadian consumers," how does the provision of grants to food-related charities benefit Canadian consumers? Aren't non-consumers the beneficiaries of breakfast program and food banks? Just asking — I suppose I'm not supposed to.

Canada's largest network of public foundations is distributing more than $300,000 to food charities across the country as part of a class action lawsuit involving several manufacturers of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and nucleotides, two popular flavour enhancers. The settlement stems from price fixing that forced Canadian food manufacturers to pay more for MSG and nucleotides. […] The action was initiated by the London law firm of Siskind, Cromarty, Ivey and Dowler LLP, on behalf of Canadian users of MSG and nucleotides. The defendants were multinational chemical producers.

"There is no way of tracking the consumers affected by this lawsuit," said Martha Powell, Director of Development & Donor Services at the London Community Foundation. "Community foundations across the country were asked to step in and allocate this settlement in a way that benefits Canadian consumers."

[…] London Community Foundation will work with a cross-section of Canada's 143 community foundations to distribute the settlement. Selected community foundations, approved by the court, will use the funds to provide grants to food-related charities, such as breakfast programs or food banks.

1 Comment:

basil said...

What the hell, are they trying to poison people? They shouldn't be feeding people foods with MSG in the first place; it's presence is usually a good indication the food is flavourless to begin with, meaning it is synthetic and/or processed food devoid of nutrients - ie. potato chips and cheap soups that need extra sodium to be eatable.