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Andy Weisbecker graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1980 and clerked for two Washington Superior Court judges before he began practicing commercial and tort litigation in Seattle in 1983. Andy is one of the founding partners of Marler Clark, and has been involved in the litigation and resolution of claims brought on behalf of persons injured in food product liability incidents and foodborne illness outbreaks since the firm’s formation in 1998. His law practice is focused on the representation of minor children, and on the presentation and resolution of their personal injury claims.

Some kids have already started attending classes, and most will be back in school after Labor Day.  Many parents may justifiably be wondering about recent efforts to improve the quality of the food served to their children in these schools. According to an Institute of Medicine Report released in October 2009, school-age children eat too…

No one wants the ‘Wedding Bell Blues.’ [1]

My son is getting married in mid-August, and the related preparations are starting to pick up a sense of greater urgency.  I have been instructed not to interfere.  Accordingly, I had a bit of time to follow up on the related morbid question that occurred to me;…

Recent media coverage focused on the failed attempt by Mead Johnson to introduce a chocolate flavored drink for toddlers. Mead Johnson launched its Enfagrow vanilla flavor in July, 2009, and chocolate was added in February, 2010.  The product was for toddlers who have been weaned off breast milk or infant formula.  The formula was especially …

The thousands of soccer (football for the rest of the world) fans traveling to South Africa for the World Cup also get the opportunity for the next few weeks to sample the variety of foods available there, in addition to the action in the packed stadiums.

The arrival in South Africa of football is credited …

Residents of urban food deserts, typically low income neighborhoods, have to deal with limited healthy food choices, in addition to perhaps more obvious disadvantages of life there.  A food desert is generally defined as a location where residents have to travel twice as far to get to the nearest supermarket as their peers in wealthier …

Despite their vital role in the nation’s public health system, state and local health departments have been hit hard by the recession and related budget cuts.  Three recent studies provide evidence that the public health system is under severe and increasing pressure, as state and local health departments are asked to take on more responsibilities …

“Disease knows no boundaries and borders are porous to disease” [1]

Much has been written about food safety issues related to the increasing sales of imported food in this country.  What about the individual traveler, however, who is coming back to the United States, and wants to share a rare French cheese, or a homemade …

During the past weeks, a few news stories have highlighted the distinctions between two different legislative approaches to address the issue of food safety.  There is little question that the public is becoming increasingly aware and concerned about the safety and quality of food.  The impetus is accordingly growing across the country to get the …

With the New Orleans Saints playing in the Super Bowl and Fat Tuesday just days away, it’s quite likely that large amounts of raw oysters will be consumed over the next couple of days, maybe even the next couple of weeks, at various bars, restaurants, and parties.  What is less certain is the level of …

Recently, while reviewing some documents, I found a Los Angeles Health Department 2005 ACDC Special Report captioned “Please Pass The Bacteria: An Outbreak of Clostridium Perfringens Associated With Catered Thanksgiving Meals”.   I liked the title, and thought I would explore the subject of food safety risks associated with catered meals.  Thanksgiving is now long past …