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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 foodborne 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. Marler founded Food Safety News in 2009.

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Publisher’s Platform: Free Advice to a Food Company CEO during a Listeria Outbreak – Specifically Tiger Brands – Enterprise CEO, Lawrence MacDougall

Imagine that the phone call comes or an email pops into your inbox – “Sir, we have been contacted by the health authorities and they say our product (polony) has been linked to illnesses and deaths. What do we do?” So, what do you do? Lawrence MacDougall received that call. Now, what has he done… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Tragically, “Forever Young”

My friend, Darin Detwiler, let me post this for him tonight for tomorrow: Today marks the 25th anniversary of the day the last of four young children died during the landmark 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. I learned about the reality of this foodborne pathogen on Riley’s deathbed. When he was only… Continue Reading

Foodservice workers should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A is a communicable disease that often spreads from person to person. Person-to-person transmission occurs via the “fecal-oral route,” while all other exposure is generally attributable to contaminated food or water. Food-related outbreaks are usually associated with contamination of food during preparation by a hepatitis A – infected food handler. The food handler is… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Six deadliest U.S. foodborne outbreaks

Although the United States is know world-wide as having one of the safest food supplies, there have been instances where some of the foods most commonly consumed in our country have resulted in tragedy. Jack-in-the- Box E. coli Outbreak – 1992 – 1993 708 ill, 171 hospitalized and 4 dead An outbreak of E. coli… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: What the Hell?

You can still buy I.M. Healthy products – that were recalled in March because of E. coli outbreak


After sickening more than 30 people with E. coli O157:H7 – including several kids with acute kidney failure – you would think that all this tainted product would be off the market – but no. So one must ask, Food and Drug Administration, companies, what are you doing? I received this from a hero Thursday… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: It’s past time for FDA to out retailers

Public has a need to know where recalled and contaminated foods are distributed and sold


On March 7, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company recalled all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products. On March 10, 2017, The SoyNut Butter Company expanded its recall to include Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter.  This after poisoning over 30 people – mostly kids –… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: For goodness sake, vaccinate – for Hep A


There are now 16 dead with 292 sickened with hepatitis A in San Diego — mostly in the ignored homeless population. And, the numbers of people with this preventable disease is spiking. Colorado has 57 ill with 1 death; Michigan has 319 ill with 14 deaths; and New York has 46 ill. Other states and cities… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: She said, he said — we’ve been warned

We must invest now in science, surveillance, systems to minimize threat of foodborne terrorism


Islamic State leaders are reportedly asking followers to carry out terror attacks by poisoning food in Western supermarkets. It’s not like poisoning our food has not happened before, and we certainly have been warned. In 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of infectious disease outbreaks caused by pathogens falling into the wrong hands and… Continue Reading