A Victorian court has ruled that almost 500 people who fell ill from drinking Bonsoy will share a $25 million settlement.

Most of the victims have recovered, but some are still struggling with hypothyroidism and Graves disease from drinking the tainted soy beverage, and will need medication for the rest of their lives.

The Bonsoy case started in 2010, when it was alleged that unsafe levels of iodine were present in the soy milk through a seaweed product called kombu.

The effects ranged from mildly unpleasant to incapacitating illnesses, but almost all victims recovered after they stopped drinking Bonsoy.

This is the biggest payout for a food safety case in Australian history.

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