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Bill Marler

Publisher’s Platform: Dave Theno defined food safety culture

Opinion

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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

Opinion

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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

Opinion

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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

SoyNut Butter Co. bankrupt because of E. coli outbreak

Dixie Dew Products expected to liquidate next; retailers Target, Amazon, etc., also could be liable

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The SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy, citing an E. coli outbreak linked to its I.M. Healthy brand peanut butter substitute and manufacturer Dixie Dew Products as the causes for its financial failure. The Glenview, IL, soy butter company’s president and 90-percent shareholder Stephen Grubb listed some victims of the E. coli outbreak as… Continue Reading

Two lawsuits over last year’s Listeria outbreak settled by Dole

The salad production facility in Springfield, OH, was highlighted in Dole’s 2010 corporate report.

The deadly Listeria outbreak that shutdown the Ohio Dole Fresh Vegetables salad processing facility for three months in early 2016 is now in civil litigation, but that too may be ending.  The Dayton Daily News was first to report that Monterey, CA-based Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has reached separate undisclosed settlements  with two of the… Continue Reading

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

Opinion

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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

Widow names raw milk creamery in wrongful death lawsuit

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The Walton, NY-based Vulto Creamery has been named in the wrongful death of Richard Friedman by the Listeria victim’s widow, Vermont resident Veronica Friedman. Mr Friedman died last Nov. 2 after suffering a massive stroke caused by the Listeriosis infection he suffered from eating the raw milk cheese manufactured by the Vulto Creamery. The cheese… Continue Reading

California couple sues SoyNut Butter Co. for E. coli infecton

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A second federal lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois against the SoyNut Butter Co over the ongoing E. coli outbreak. The civil action also names John Does 1-3 to eventually rope in defendants “whose identifies and citizenship are presently unkown,” but who “were involved in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sales… 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

Beach Beat: Daily Meal reveals 50 most powerful food people

Food safety attorney Bill Marler is No. 40 — He's higher on my list, but he is my publisher

Opinion

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Most publishers in the news biz have a background in advertising. I was lucky enough in the previous century to work for one who came up on the news side of the industry. He was just as concerned about revenue as publishers who came from the ad side, but he understood money didn’t motivate people… Continue Reading