Marusan-ai and Muso Co., which exported the soy milk to Australia, were added to a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 600 Australians claiming to have been made sick after drinking tainted products, Australian class-action firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers said in an amended statement of claim. The Japanese companies ignored tests showing high levels of iodine, the law firm said.
Maurice Blackburn sued Spiral Foods Pty, a Melbourne-based supplier of organic foods, in 2010, claiming its Bonsoy Milk contained excessive amounts of iodine, which can be harmful to health. Spiral Foods voluntarily withdrew Bonsoy from the Australian market in December 2009, Maurice Blackburn said.
Calls to Marusan-ai’s offices in Tokyo and Okazaki City, Aichi prefecture and Muso’s office in Osaka were diverted to answering machines on a public holiday in Japan.
The Australian law firm said it will request a trial date at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Mar. 8.
Excessive iodine consumption can result in heart palpitations, pain in the muscles and an enlarged thyroid gland, Maurice Blackburn said.
The case is Between Erin Downie and Spiral Foods Pty. SCI2010-05318 Supreme Court of Victoria (Melbourne).
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