Newsflash: Bonsoy never made anyone sick

I sure am glad James L was on hand to email me and let us know all the endocrinologists, GPs and the hundreds of people involved, plus the lawyers, were wrong: Bonsoy doesn’t cause anyone’s illness. Here’s the evidence: All I can say is: Nonsense! I have being drinking Bonsoy for years and never had […]

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Bonsoy Class Action Court Date 19th May 2014

After a long wait, and a couple of delays to trial dates, this just in: The trial date for the Bonsoy Spiral Foods class action is still set for the 19th May 2014. It is estimated that the trial will run for approximately four weeks. At the trial the Court will determine the liability of […]

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Media Release from Maurice Blackburn re: statement of claim

This media release has just gone out from Maurice Blackburn. Class action widens with allegations Bonsoy companies ignored iodine test results Spiral Foods and the two Japanese companies that manufactured and exported Bonsoy soy milk ignored test results of the product and multiple consumer concerns, according to class action lawyers acting for over 600 people […]

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Update on the Spiral Foods Bonsoy Class Action

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve heard little tidbits, but here’s the latest update from Maurice Blackburn. Update Mediation Mediation in this class action took place on 23 October 2012. The mediation was unsuccessful and the action did not settle. We will therefore be progressing the procedural steps described below and preparing the class […]

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Spiral Foods Court Action: Update!

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 […]

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September 14 update on the class action

I received a letter from Maurice Blackburn today; apparently everything is moving apace. Many of you who are joined to the action would also have received it. Slowly move the wheels of justice. We refer to our previous update letters and write to further update you on the progress of this class action. Court process […]

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March 28 Update on Bonsoy Class Action

I’ve received an update on the class action from the lawyers, here we go! There was a case management conference/directions hearing on 11 March 2011. Everything there was done by consent and we now have a timetable for the next few months. Where the proceeding is basically at is: We filed our statement of claim. […]

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Media: More soy milk victims come forward to join class action

Source: Maurice Blackburn Hundreds of Australians have been made sick by Bonsoy milk containing high levels of iodine with over 300 contacting law firm Maurice Blackburn. In late September, Maurice Blackburn issued proceedings on behalf of 25 people nationwide and now 293 more have come forward with 155 of these people joining the class action. […]

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Bonsoy – Medical Journal Australia paper

Thanks to the two people who sent this in to me. I’ve uploaded the article as a pdf, downloadble here [113kb pdf]. Basically the article confirms the high levels of iodine in Bonsoy (refer table 2, page 3 of pdf) – 25,000-27,000 micrograms (ugrams/L) of iodine per litre. Compare this to other soy milks which […]

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The Bonsoy Class Action – Thanks

I’ve received a few emails thanking me for the website and to help get the action going, or at least get it in people’s minds. Firstly, thanks to those people for emailing me. Secondly, thanks to everyone who shared the personal – sometimes heart-wrenching – personal stories in post/page comments, or by emailing me (some […]

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The Bonsoy Class Action – How to Join

Sorry for the delay in getting this up, I was in NZ for a wedding as the class action was launched last week. I’ve had LOADS of emails from people asking if they can join, and how. Maurice Blackburn have provided the below information for posting to you all. Please contact them before emailing me […]

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Update on Legal Action against Spiral Foods

Just a quick update on the progress of potential legal action against Spiral by Maurice Blackburn. I received this email this morning: Hi Tim, To keep you up to date – I’ve been contacted by about a dozen of your readers and have got a decent cross-section of the possible damage out there. I’m hoping […]

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Potential Class Action – your details needed

I’ve been contacted by a lawyer at Maurice Blackburn who is doing some pre-work on a potential class action. At this stage the work is an information gathering exercise only, but it’s good to see someone collating all the information. Given what you have all been sharing, there is real potential here for people to […]

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Recovering your Costs from Spiral: What You’ll Need

I had an email from Jade the other day, asking what she can do about recovering costs from Spiral Foods. Firstly, I’ll re-iterate that unless you’ve suffered permanent damage (heart, thyroid, etc) or had something serious happen (like a pregnancy complication), you’ll only really be able to claim time off work, medical (and similar) expenses […]

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Spiral Foods Getting Sued?

On one of my recent posts, we had a someone (who turned out to be a News Ltd journalist) asking a lot of questions. She got in touch with me and we had some fairly lengthy discussions, some of which was on the record for an article in the Daily Telegraph. The to-press article, which […]

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An Update: “Tim, time to come off the medication”

So, I received a letter from my endocrinologist yesterday. I am back to normal on all thyroid markers; T4, T3 and TSH – smack bang in the middle of all the reference ranges. So, after 5 months on medication, I am back. My heart is still utterly stuffed – I reckon I’ve lost 10-20bpm off […]

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Update on Legal Action and Medical Cost Recovery

So, here is the state of play regarding cost recovery from Spiral Foods – their lawyers and insurance company are now involved. Legal Information from my contact with my lawyers I met with a lawyer today to ascertain the viability of proceeding with a legal case. Some of what I discussed will remain confidential (bearing […]

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Bonsoy Related Thyrotoxicosis Cases Not being Reported?

Another email from a concerned reader today tells me that the 10 or so cases related to Bonsoy in her endocrinologists practice have not been registered. These cases should be reported to the Office of Health Protection, reachable on 02 6289 2751. The cases must be reported by your GP or endocrinologist, which will probably […]

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Bonsoy Back on Shelves, Still no Apology

Below is an extract of the media release, dated April 29th. A fantastic amount of positive spin (they certainly lay the schmaltz on thick at the end), but no mention of anyone’s ill health, nor an apology. I also wonder what they think about the negative feedback, and people’s stories of their ill health as […]

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More Information about the 2004-2005 NZ Thyrotoxicosis Case and How it Relates to Bonsoy

I’ve done some more digging around on the 2004-2005 Thyrotoxicosis cluster in NZ. In this particular case, the manufacturer/product was not Spiral Foods/Bonsoy. It seems that: A major soy milk manufacturer was implicated. Their product was tested and found to have excessive iodine. Several people took action against the manufacturer and received what I understand […]

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