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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.


Florida stands alone in criticism of FDA, CDC and 30 other states in determining the source of a Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers.

According to press reports, the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDOA) called the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) tracing of a Salmonella outbreak to

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I am lucky to have an epidemiologist on staff. Perhaps Fresh Start needs one too.

Let me make a prediction, Fresh Start will eat its press release because the FDA will find more cucumbers that test positive for either Salmonella Africana, Salmonella Braenderup or Salmonella Bareilly in

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Fresh Start Produce – I would not claim that your cucumbers are not the cause of the Salmonella outbreak

As of April 17, 2024, a total of 12 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 7 states – Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Illnesses started on dates ranging from February 11, 2024, to April 2, 2024. Of 11

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: What you need to know about Salmonella during the Basil Outbreak

As of May 16, CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are collecting different types of data to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157 infections.

Epidemiologic and traceback data show that organic walnuts distributed by Gibson Farms

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: What you need to know about E. coli during the Walnut Outbreak

First, thank you to the people that work at the FDA.  Yes, I have often been a critic of the organization (or lack thereof), but the people at the FDA have always been heroes.

In December of 2023 I wrote to the FDA urging them to take a hard look at

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Will importing an ingredient deemed an adulterant subject an importer to potential criminal liability?