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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: The president and safe food

Opinion

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reiSince taking office, President Trump has instituted a freeze on federal employees and the same on new or pending regulations.  He signed an Executive Order setting up a task force within agencies to repeal old rules. The President has also asked for a $54 billion increase in military spending that will likely be offset by… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Trump orders his burgers well done

What will the president's views be on food safety for the rest of us?

Opinion

John Greeley, executive chef at 21 from 2006 through 2013, cooked up a variety of foods in addition to the iconic "21 Burger" during his tenure at the New York hot spot.

Bloomberg posted a piece on “How Donald Trump Orders (and Tips) at His Favorite Restaurant” about the 21 Club, which is just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. According to the report: The president’s standard order is a “21” Burger ($36), which he likes cooked well-done and topped with American cheese. On the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: How long do they get to stay at bat?

Opinion

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I guess there’s no “two strikes, you’re out?” The Cozy Vale (Valley) Creamery has announced another recall of its raw milk. The Washington State Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered E. coli contamination in a sample of the dairy’s raw milk, according to the recall notice. Although the implicated raw milk is being removed from retail… Continue Reading

Andrew Schneider, great journalist and great guy, passes

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Editor’s note: Andy’s honey investigation for Food Safety News continues to draw readers to this day, and has prompted more comments than any story in our history. After he left, he’d call us a half dozen times a year with suggestions or praise. We are going to miss him, that’s for sure. Check out his honey story here…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Listeria kills – especially the elderly

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The European Food Safety Authority issued a report last week that European experts have noted an increasing trend in Europe of listeriosis since 2008, but they highlight that the number of affected people stabilized from 2014 to 2015. Infections were mostly reported in people over 64 years of age. Listeriosis affected about 2,200 people in… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: More data against fresh, raw sprouts

Opinion

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LiveScience reporter Sara G. Miller covered a recent FDA presentation on the risks of sprouts at IDWeek. According to Miller, “sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration wrote in their report. According to FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE), from 1996 to August 2016,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Another speech, another ‘shake down’

Opinion

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Over the past 20-plus years I have given close to 400 speeches around the world on “why it is a bad idea to poison your customers.” My “chats” have been in front of industry and governmental groups on every continent, except South America. I’m somewhat popular in China. Most of the audiences are receptive to… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: It is time to Vaccinate against Hepatitis A

Opinion

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It’s not just for travelers and people at risk anymore. I spent the last day meeting with the family of a woman that died too young from complications of Hepatitis A after eating tainted scallops from the Philippines. I represent nearly 80 others from that same outbreak – many who have been hospitalized, and even… Continue Reading

My bromance with ‘The Donald’: To hell with food safety

Opinion

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It looks like “The Donald” is trying to expand his bromances from Vladimir Putin to a broader group of guys — including me. In a Trump fact sheet posted online Thursday, which was then removed and saved thanks to @nycsouthpaw, the campaign highlighted a number of “specific regulations to be eliminated” under the Trump economic plan:… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: One shot, two weeks, 81 victims so far

Opinion

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What we know about the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak: Once a person consumes human fecal matter containing the Hepatitis A virus, they have two weeks to receive treatment (one shot) or they are likely to suffer from an acute Hepatitis A infection. During the last week and a half of July and the… Continue Reading