The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

Australian soy milk action widened to Japanese firms


SYDNEY (AFP) - Hundreds of Australians who became sick after drinking soy milk containing dangerously high levels of iodine have widened their class action to include two Japanese companies, lawyers said.

About 600 Australians became ill after consuming Bonsoy milk, many suffering thyroid problems, up until the product was withdrawn from sale in late 2009, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers said on Thursday.

The case against the Australian brand owner Spiral Foods launched in the Victorian Supreme Court in 2010 had been widened to include manufacturer Marusan-ai Co Ltd and exporter Muso Co Ltd, the firm said.

"We say that these three companies had test results in mid-2006 which showed that Bonsoy contained extremely high levels of iodine, but they did nothing," said senior associate Irina Lubomirska in a statement.