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25 years marked by change

Opinion

Editor’s note: This opinion column by Richard Raymond was originally published by feedstuffs.com and is reprinted here with permission. Lives were lost but because of the losses many more lives have subsequently been lived happily and disease free, at least free of diseases spread by contaminated food. Twenty-five years ago, Riley Detwiler of Bellingham, WA,… 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

‘Free’ trip leaves man in expensive, lifelong, parasitic nightmare

Ron and Darlene Fields had been married for 26 years when they decided to take a “free” 12-day trip to Hawaii in fall 2016. Ron was 62 then, and his construction business in Sarasota, FL, was really taking off. Darlene, who does paperwork for the company, had saved up credit card reward points so they… Continue Reading

Utah woman sues Costco for taking away her Broadway dream

Chicken salad purchased at Costco, which turned out to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, has ravaged the life of a 20-year-old Utah woman who’s had to give up her lifelong goal of acting on Broadway. Attorneys for Chloe Rodgerson Monday sued the Seattle-based Costco Wholesale Corp. in U.S. District Court for the Central Division of… Continue Reading

Food safety threat in plain sight; counter measures less clear

Food allergies threaten lives daily; research gaps and misinformation complicate issue

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about food allergies and the efforts by public health agencies, schools, legislators and parents to make it easier and safer for allergic individuals to manage risks. A chronic disease with no known cure. An emerging epidemic that affects up to 15 million people in the… Continue Reading

His chair at the table is still empty

Father of Jack in the Box victim working to eliminate needless deaths 24 years after tragedy

Contributed

Exactly 24 years ago today my 16-month-old son Riley died from E.coli/HUS during the 1993 “Jack in the Box” outbreak. He was the last of the four young children who paid the ultimate price for failures in food safety protocols at that time. The landmark outbreak is often referred to as the 9/11 of the… Continue Reading

Parents haunted by decisions as raw milk’s impact lingers

“I don’t know where to stick her; she doesn’t have any veins left.” That’s a medical specialist talking as she examined 3-year-old Jubilee Combs, a patient at a Kentucky hospital undergoing dialysis for a severe kidney disease acquired from drinking unpasteurized raw milk. That was two years ago while the little girl was being treated… Continue Reading

Victim warns expectant moms about food safety complications

Baby born prematurely with listeriosis after mother ate contaminated cantaloupe

Almost 5 years old now, Kendall Paciorek is right on track. She can walk, run, talk and say her ABCs. And while that normal progression of abilities common to many children her age might not seem all that impressive, to her mother and father Michelle Wakley-Paciorek and Dave Paciorek, it’s “a miracle.” Little Kendall was… Continue Reading