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Bill Marler

Bill Marler

Bill Marler is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert on foodborne illness litigation. He began representing victims of food-borne illness in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, resulting in her landmark $15.6 million settlement. Since that time, Bill and his law partners at Marler Clark have represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused serious injury and death. His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including testimony before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Bill shares his thoughts on foodborne illness outbreaks and litigation at his personal blog, Marler Blog, at http://www.marlerblog.com. Bill is publisher of Food Safety News.

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Publisher’s Platform: My New Hero, Walmart’s Frank Yiannas

Opinion

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Last week I had the honor to speak at the Michigan State University (MSU) Food Safety Program (for those who follow me on Instagram, I took a ferry, car, train and plane to get there).  The speech was included in two days of sessions facilitated by Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety & Health, Walmart,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: DeCosters – Three Months Seem Just About Right

Opinion

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Jack DeCoster and Peter DeCoster were sentenced April 13, 2015 by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett to three months in prison for introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.  In addition, they were each required to pay $100,000. The DeCosters’s former company, Quality Egg LLC, was fined nearly $6.8 million. Eggs from their Iowa farms… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What do a massive food recall and Donald Trump have in common?

Opinion

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Well, other than two things – both contain items with orange colored flesh and both absorbed last week’s news cycle – nothing else.  But, I got your attention. What do we know about the current frozen food Listeria outbreak and recall? In March of 2016, as part of a routine investigation into a report of… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Bit(e) of history of outbreak criminal prosecutions

Opinion

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I thought it might be helpful to see a few cases where a food borne outbreak brought the attention of the US Attorney’s office. “Forwarded is Forearmed.” Odwalla:  In 1998 in what was the first criminal conviction in a large-scale food-poisoning outbreak, Odwalla Inc. pleaded guilty to violating Federal food safety laws and agreed to pay… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Will the Justice Department look at Dole’s history of recalls and outbreaks?

Opinion

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In a press release last week Dole announced that it had “recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be similarly cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns.”  Dole’s announcement and the Justice Department’s investigation stems from a Listeria outbreak that sickened 19… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What do Dole, Blue Bell, Bidart and Chipotle have in Common?

Opinion

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Yes, they are all under criminal investigation. Over the last week I have been in New York, Dallas, Phoenix, Boise, Fayetteville and San Francisco – and I was supposed to go to Chicago.  I really need to mow my lawn and clean the chicken coop, so I will let this speech by a U.S. Attorney… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Salmonella Outbreak to Forget — Chili’s Vernon Hills 2003

Opinion

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On June 30, 2003, Lake County Health Department (LCHD) received a report from Lake Forest Hospital indicating that a patient was ill with a Salmonella infection. The LCHD immediately contacted the patient and interviewed him, using a questionnaire that is standard for the epidemiological investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks.One of the first things learned by… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Get Poisoned before its a movie

Opinion

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UPDATE:  We went through over 100 since I posted this on Saturday.  You still can get them at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Poisoned-Deadly-Outbreak-Changed-Americans/dp/098495435X – sorry. So, who plays me from 1993? Last year I offered to give a book to each new person who subscribed to Food Safety News – I have 100 paperback books left.  So,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: 75 sproutbreaks later, fresh raw sprouts still not safe

Opinion

Beansprouts and salad sprouts are seen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin June 6, 2011. The deadliest outbreak of its type on record has so far killed 23 people -- 22 in Germany and one in Sweden. Striking suddenly in the middle of a hot and sunny May, the crisis has doctors struggling to explain the outbreak and public health authorities in one of Europe's most famously organised countries stumped as to how to manage it and how to stop it happening again. Picture taken June 6, 2011.     To match Special Report HEALTH/ECOLI-HUNT      REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski/Files   (GERMANY - Tags: AGRICULTURE HEALTH)

Thanks to my friends at Barfblog for keeping track of the Sproutbreaks over the last couple of decades. These outbreaks have been some of the largest and most deadly in the world. Now we are seeing two being reported in the United States in the last few weeks. A total of nine people infected with… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: How not to poison your date on Valentine’s Day – 8 steps for getting lucky

Opinion

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I met the love of my life years before I became a bit too paranoid about dinning out. Yet, with my thoughts on the six foods I do not eat going viral world-wide, I was asked recently how to protect your Valentine’s Day date from barfing or experiencing diarrhea – clearly, neither a great start… Continue Reading