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Bill Marler

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Publisher’s Platform: Hepatitis A emergency in San Diego


The current Hepatitis A outbreak in California underscores the need for foodservice workers to be vaccinated against the virus. San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors did the right thing this week in declaring a local health emergency. County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten is recommending the vaccination for anyone who handles food, as well as health… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Let’s donate to help Houston

We at Food Safety News and Marler Clark are donating $5,000 to the Houston Food Bank. Please join us. We’re in it for the long haul. An unprecedented number of people in the greater Houston area are affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The storm unleashed monumental destruction across southeast Texas. For individuals… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why the US imports tainted food that can kill you


From an Op-ed on the Hill this week.  Here is an excerpt: This week the CDC reported that at least 47 people were stricken with Salmonella, with one death, likely linked to papayas imported from Mexico. In the summer of 2016 came reports of hepatitis A tainted scallops sickening 292 in Hawaii. In that outbreak two died of liver… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Dave Theno defined food safety culture


Editor’s note: Food Safety crusader David M. Theno died Monday, June 19, 2017, when he was hit by a large wave while swimming with his grandson. Bill Marler, who worked with Theno to raise food safety awareness for more than 25 years, posted these thoughts after receiving the news about the death of his comrade… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Blue Barf, Green Goop, Purple Puke, Red Rubbish or Yellow Yuck


Given the BPI v. ABC trial starts this week, I thought it would be good to repost an Op-Ed I penned in April 2012. What if you were the CEO of a multimillion dollar, privately held food manufacturing company and awoke one morning to find that the name of your best selling product (you previously… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak


I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Please, put me out of business


From about 2011 though the summer of 2015 business was slower for The Food Safety Law Firm, which meant on average less people were sickened by the food they ate. For some time I thought the food industry was actually “Putting me out of Business.” However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Make America Barf Again


President Trump seems to be spending most weekends at his “Southern White House” golfing.  I wonder if he eats the food there or heads to the closest McDonald’s or KFC?  Or, perhaps he will start using Steve Bannon as a food tester? Jose Lambiet, the Miami Herald’s gossip columnist reported that the food at Mar-a-Lago… Continue Reading